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Writing @ Kirkburton First


The Intent of Writing at Kirkburton First School

The Implementation of English at Kirkburton First School

The Impact of English at Kirkburton First School


Recording and Assessment  

Children will record their writing in a variety of ways, across a variety of subjects.

Children’s writing is recorded in:

  • English books
  • Topic books
  • Assessed writing books
  • RE books
  • Handwriting practice books
  • Through EYFS and Key Stage 1 children have access to writing ‘around the classroom’ through Continuous Provision both indoor and outdoor. Gross motor and fine motor skills are developed through a range of provided activities. Photographs will be taken as evidence and used in Writing books and Learning Journals.

Work for display or to be recorded as a finished piece will be reflected in the outline of the teacher’s planning,

e.g., a completed leaflet about the layers of the rainforest or a science report about the digestive system.

Using the WAGOLL method, children are able to plan their completed piece of writing on good examples of a certain text type. In order for all children to succeed, scaffolds will be provided as support where needed.

Grammar and spelling work is recorded either in the same English book or towards year 5, separate spelling books are used.

In lessons where drama or research are used as a stimulus for future writing, the teacher/ETA takes photos as evidence and then this is presented as a ‘write up’ from the teacher in books.

Children’s own choice for recording is also promoted, for example producing a poster for a lost bear or gathering notes for a research activity.

However, writing happens in all areas of the curriculum and expectations of presentation are reinforced in all subjects.

How do we assess writing?

  • EvidenceMe is used as our EYFS tool to record learning and progress and to identify ‘next steps’. EYFS writing assessments objectives are used termly to track children early writing linked to the ELGs.
  • Our writing assessment framework is used from Y1 through to Y5.
  • Children have separate ‘Assessed Writing’ books. These are used twice per half term. A range of Non-fiction and Fictional writing are used to show broad coverage of skills and knowledge. Teachers assess the children’s attainment using the Writing Framework. Highlighting and linking objectives met with evidence seen is used then to influence judgements on FFT. This is the basis for our termly Teacher Assessment judgements, which are supported by our Pupil Progress notes.
  • Children who need extra support in writing have opportunities to join intervention groups as and when is appropriate, or if supported by individual targets on IEPs or MSP.


This section is for posting high-quality photo examples of work from pupils, and quotes from children about the subject.

Please also reference the 5-minute starter work we do to help the children retain their knowledge and skills over time.


We use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds;  a complete systematic phonics programme, to teach reading.

Click on the link below to access resources to help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.


Year 1 Phonics Screening

The Y1 Phonics Screening Check will take place the week beginning Monday 6th June 2022.

A parental meeting will be arranged later on this term to explain more about the screening check and provide an opportunity to look at previous materials. Please call into school if you would like any further information how best to support your child's learning at home.  Thank you.  

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