The children are learning to write through ‘The Write Stuff’ approach.It is a fun, creative and rigorous approach to develop writers. We start writing from enjoying and sharing books and stories, placing a strong emphasis on a love of literature.
'The Write Stuff' follows a method called 'Sentence Stacking' which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together chronologically and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing. An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken into 3 learning chunks. Each learning chunk has three sections:
Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence. Children 'chot' (chat and jot) down their ideas in the initiate phase from stimulating resources, such as pictures, music and drama.
Model section – the teacher then models sentence scaffolds that outlines clear writing features and techniques taken from the 'Writing Rainbow'.
Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.
Children are challenged to ‘Deepen the Moment’ which requires them to independently draw upon previously learnt skills and apply them to their writing during that chunk.
Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing and this word collecting is an integral part of the write stuff approach.