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.
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 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:
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: