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Writing

Writing lessons are taught through the use of high-quality texts, which are linked to the half-termly topic. All writing at Franche is for a purpose and is at the core of each of our cross-curricular topics. We find this not only motivates pupils but also gives them a recognisable audience, which leads to higher standards of work. This purpose might be letter writing (to request resources as part of a fundraising project for the local foodbank), information leaflets (to persuade people to save water) or creating a poem or storybook (to entertain a specific group of children or adults within the community).
Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS)

PALS has been implemented across the school as a purposeful tool for editing. The PALS session takes places after a Franche Write (independent writing) has been completed and allows the children time to assess their peers work through coach marking and target setting. This helps pupils to;

  • Provide focused feedback
  • Become more engaged in learning and develop their interpersonal skills
  • Understand the learning objective and success criteria
  • Know their individual targets
  • Have a clear understanding of how, and what, to edit

Following the coach marking and target setting process, the children then edit their own work leading to greater outcomes.

Watch the videos below to see PALS in action at Franche in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
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Handwriting

At Franche, we use PenPals for Handwriting. This is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds that offers clear progression through five developmental stages: physical preparation for handwriting; securing correct letter formation; beginning to join along, securing the joins and practicing speed, fluency and developing a personal style. Because PenPals is focused on whole-class teaching, the teaching of explicit handwriting is timetabled weekly. The handwriting joins are displayed in each classroom and modelled throughout all teaching. PenPals is supported using digital resources to enable modelling and interactive learning, along with Practice Books and Workbooks to support independent work.

Spelling

Spelling is vital to communicating in school and in public life. The ability to write clearly and with accurate spelling is a very important skill that children need to acquire and, as such, it is important to help and encourage children to develop as confident, competent spellers. At Franche Community Primary School it is our aim to promote the development of confident writers who can use their spelling skills competently in all areas of the curriculum. We have high expectations for accurate spellings, challenging children to achieve a 'POPS' (Paragraph Of Perfect Spelling). We also use a wide range of engaging approaches to help pupils learn new spellings:
As a school we have purchased a subscription to a website called ‘Spelling Shed’. The children have their own log in and they will have their weekly spellings set by their teachers as games. This will allow them to play various games to support them in learning these spellings in preparation for their weekly spelling test. There are also ‘other’ year group lists they can learn, which will support their general spelling. 
Some children will be given differentiated spelling lists, if they are not ready for the spelling lists for their year group. Don’t worry though as we will always ensure these are challenging but achievable. Click the Spelling shed link above to start playing!

At Franche, we like to have fun with learning spellings! In addition to active games, we practise in our 'Spoodle' books: combining mindfulness doodling with spotting patterns in words to help make them more memorable.

Children edit their writing for spelling errors and get dojo rewards for 'SOPS' (Sentence Of Perfect Spelling) in Key Stage One or 'POPS' (Paragraph Of Perfect Spelling) in Key Stage Two.

Every year, we celebrate the glory of being an accurate speller by holding a spelling bee. Staff and pupils dress up and engage in a whole host of fun and engaging spelling activities. Pupils also get involved in creating new and exciting ways to help others spell tricky words. Here are some of our YouTube videos from previous years:
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Click the buttons below to download the spelling lists for each year band: