Trafalgar Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 9AS

01206 573519

Lexden Primary School

Community, Courage, Curiosity and Commitment


Spelling & Vocabulary

Grammar & Punctuation


Planning & Drafting


Purpose of Study:

A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to write fluently so they can communicate their ideas, views and emotions to others. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, ensuring they can write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.


Who is a Lexden writer?

A Lexden Writer has a clear voice and can confidently write across a number of genres, showing creativity and individuality in pieces. They understand the features of different text types and can apply their knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately to their own writing. Effective transcription, including good spelling and legible handwriting, enables Lexden Writers to articulate themselves fluently and clearly when composing a piece of work. The Lexden Writer understands the various elements and strands to good writing and confidently uses these when planning, drafting and editing their work. They can quickly identify the intended audience and can adapt their choice of layout, content, grammar and language appropriately.


Key elements to our English Writing Curriculum:


  • A wide range of high-quality texts are used to stimulate and model good writing (including fiction, non-fiction and poetry).
  • Purposeful, real life or engaging learning opportunities encourage the development of all strands and elements of writing.
  • Objectives across all strands are revisited, where possible, within and across year groups to ensure cumulative fluency of skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Use of ICT to enhance children’s learning and in publishing pieces of writing.
  • Cross-curricular links to termly topic areas e.g. diary writing as an evacuee or instructions to build a Roman road.
  • Resources to support children in building their knowledge and skills e.g. dictionaries, thesaurus, vocabulary banks and planning frames.