Writing

Children are taught to write through a wide range of genres. Throughout KS1 and KS2, teachers expose the children to a variety of different lessons during a 2-week block of writing. These lessons may include: analysing texts, discussing features, creating word banks, planning, drafting and editing. At the end of a writing block, the children have the opportunity to make any final improvements and present their work to the highest possible standard in their 'On Fire' book. This also gives a chance to the teacher to assess the child's writing. 

The Power of Reading ensures the children are exposed to a wide range of fantastic books during their time at Dilton Marsh. Teachers aim to build their writing lessons around the book that is being read in class.  It gives the children a sense of purpose when writing - a fundamental part of being a successful writer. 

Writing is marked using pink and green pens. Pink pen marking identifies things that the children has done well, relating to the learning objective. The green pen shows the children what they need to improve on in their next lesson. In KS2, the green pen will often indicate a DIRT task: this stands for Directed Independent Response Task or as the children call it, 'Do It Right Time'. Children will be given an opportunity in their next lesson to response to their DIRT task to ensure progress is being made in each piece of work. 

What We Expect Of Our Writers By The Time They Leave Dilton Marsh:

- The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
- A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
- A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
- Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
- Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelt correctly and neat.
- A love of writing in all its forms.