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Writing Statement of Intent

At Simms Cross Primary School, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary, grammar and their understanding.
In order to support the planning and delivery of writing, ‘Read to Write’ units are used across the school to strengthen this process. The units have been carefully mapped out so the entire statutory curriculum for English is covered for each year group. They also enable opportunities to draw upon the wider curriculum, supporting enrichment. The units empower teachers to provide high-quality teaching of writing through high-quality literature which links to our ‘Steps to Read’ program. These detailed units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum and they also signpost wider curriculum enrichments.

In KS1 the children are exposed to a systematic phonics approach (Read Write Inc) which makes strong links between reading and spelling. From Years 1-6, teachers follow the Rising Stars scheme to provide a clear, weekly teaching focus and progression pathway. When writing, children are encouraged to adopt a cursive style through the use of ‘Letter join’. This begins in Year 1 by using a pre-cursive style.

Our intent is to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English, that will teach them to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.


A selection of our work on our non-fiction text for reading . We're also using a book about WW2 in writing and studying aspects of the war in History! We are really building our knowledge and vocabulary.

Take a look at our new display based on the story “The Night Gardener”. We have loved producing fantastic pieces of writing based on a wonderful book🌳📖✨ @opifan64 #SimmsCrossEnglish #SimmsCrossWriting

During our outdoor learning the nursery children used chalk to produce this fabulous writing.#SimmsCrossEYFS #SimmsCrossChildrenFirst #SimmsCrossWriting

During our outdoor learning the nursery children used chalk to produce this fabulous writing.#SimmsCrossEYFS #SimmsCrossChildrenFirst #SimmsCrossWriting

Y6 had to use evidence from these pictures to predict the text we will be focussing on this half term. They did pretty well. Do you know @neilhimself or @LiteracyCounts1?

Reception have been doing some superhero writing. They have been writing about what super powers they have. #SimmsCrossEYFS #SimmsCrossWriting #SimmsCrossLiteracy

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Curriculum Pages

Nursery children celebrate book of the week
Children playing in games session
Child dressed up for national book day
Children cooking together