This innovative and sharply focused programme aims to support identified pupils in Year 5 who are not yet working at expected standards.
Teachers will be provided with three sequences of lessons. These sequences include twenty detailed lessons with a range of resources and a variety of innovative approaches to support the focus pupils to develop the skills and the confidence required for age-related writing. The lessons can be adapted to form a part of whole-class teaching or used for a small group in addition to the English lessons. These approaches and resources can also be embedded as part of the teaching and cycle year-on-year. Teachers will benefit from a heightened awareness, and deeper subject knowledge of the elements that support precise, effective writing.
The programme begins with a half day’s training in which participants will be supported to consider the core aspects and transferable skills in writing. There will be an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the lesson content and ask questions.
An added benefit to the programme is the opportunity to network with other Year 5 teachers through a final review/celebration session.
Each school will have a half-day consultancy visit from one of the course leaders. The focus pupil’s writing will be analysed by the Herts for Learning advisers to provide a baseline assessment, and then again at the end of the programme, thus providing an analysis of the progress made.
The subject leader is also invited to join the Year 5 teacher(s) in order to consider how this the principles of the programme can be adapted in school and applied to other year groups. Please note that this programme focuses intensively on the writing skills that underpin technically precise and effective composition – it is not designed to address spelling or handwriting issues.
As the course is based on responsive teaching, it may not be suitable for less experienced teachers.