At Milefield, we use the Gather, Skills, Apply approach to our Literacy curriculum. Children spend time reading/researching and viewing good examples of varied text types. We share examples of what we are aiming for by the end of the unit. This means children can gather the elements of good examples and how they are used within writing pieces. Then, any skills required to learn in order to produce the final piece are taught in lessons where children can attempt new skills and build on previously taught skills.
Once children are confident in these skills and have seen examples of the final piece they are aiming for, they learn how to apply the skills to write an extended piece. This then becomes a published piece of writing which they 'polish' and try to perfect for their published portfolio. All portfolios are available in class for parents to view whenever they would like and children may read during reading time in class.
Every class show the importance of this process and how they have tackled it on our main school whole displays. We also share pieces on our class Twitter pages regularly.
Our Literacy year on a page documents show each year group which high-quality texts to use in order to teach the particular text type. Children are engaged and inspired by the texts they read and use throughout their writing. Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation skills are taught daily in 'fast four' where children have test-style questions to answer and discuss then in skills lessons. We also discuss grammatical structures and punctuation/spelling during the reading process in Literacy lessons. See below for our school approach to Literacy and further below for handwriting and spelling.