At Tunstead we endeavor to instill a love for literacy. We wish for every child to leave our school with the skills of a writer who:

  • Has the ability to write with fluency and has an author’s voice.
  • Thinks about the impact their writing will have on a reader and knows how to achieve this.
  • Has an extensive range of vocabulary and a secure knowledge of writing techniques enabling them to extend details or descriptions.
  • Can structure or organise their writing to suit the genre and include a variety of sentence structures.
  • Displays excellent transcription skills ensuring their writing is well spelt, punctuated and presented.
  • Is able to re-read, edit and improve their writing ensuring every piece is their best and an improvement upon the last.

Whilst children attend Tunstead we ensure they experience a range of genres carefully planned with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence and using these to support the drafting and editing stages. We ensure that writing opportunities are rich and varied not only in literacy lessons but also in all subjects across the curriculum.


All children from their individual starting points will make at least good progress in writing. This will be assessed using SATS at the end of Year 2 and 6 and EYFS framework at the end of Reception. In all other years we are expecting children to meet KPI’s ensuring they make good progress across key stages.

As they make good progress children will become fluent, confident writers that use their developing secretarial skills and vocabulary knowledge to write for a variety of audiences with flair and developing maturity.


Teachers use PPA time to plan their weekly lessons often with a cross curricular focus.

  • We use text real texts to model writing and demonstrate grammatical structures and features.
  • We use strategies including oral rehearsal frames (such as talk for writing) to promote and support writing development.
  • When appropriate we use real life contexts to stimulate writing for a purpose; this is supported through the use of different media and stimuli.
  • The school follows Nelson Handwriting Scheme as well as the National Curriculum spelling scheme.
  • Spelling patterns are tested weekly.
  • When appropriate grammar is taught discreetly however it is often taught within a context.
  • Teachers model the writing process through lessons focusing on the development of initial ideas, planning, drafting and editing and final publication.