At St Joseph’s we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently express their thoughts, emotions and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word. Our aims are for all children to have fluent and legible handwriting, write for a variety of purposes and audiences and develop a secure understanding of grammar and punctuation. We also intend for our children to be able to independently re-read, revise and edit their writing both during and after the writing process. At St Joseph’s, we want all of our children to take pride in their work and encourage the use of a cursive handwriting style as soon as they are able.


English lessons are taught daily across the school and to the whole class, therefore allowing all children to have access to the age-related skills and knowledge contained in the National Curriculum.

Each class studies two different high-quality texts every half term which offers children engaging, yet challenging English lessons. Within each unit of work, children are given opportunities to participate in drama, spoken language activities and writing for a variety of purposes. Opportunities are planned for children to use knowledge from other subjects within their English writing and vice versa.

Grammar and Punctuation are taught, where possible within English lessons; allowing the children to learn skills in a meaningful manner. 

Children have access to spelling mats and word banks during writing tasks and rich vocabulary of words often misspelt should be available to them.



At St Joseph’s, the implementation of the writing journey is well established and taught thoroughly throughout both key stages. This allows our pupils to become confident and creative writers with a secure knowledge of grammar and punctuation skills.

We work with other schools to moderate planning, lessons and books; ensuring that progress is being made across all year groups. Assessment for learning is ongoing and our staff assess attainment regularly, through both formative and summative methods. 

The teaching of writing is monitored by leaders through learning walks, book scrutinies and Pupil or Teacher Voice.