At Hempland, writing is at the heart of the curriculum.  Relevant and stimulating opportunities for writing, that link to our carefully planned texts and curriculum, ensures that children are motivated to write and learn to communicate effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.

How Reading links with our school values

Children show respect for others through developing the craft of writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Children have the opportunity to write for real audiences and purposes and develop their skills in creative, informative and entertaining styles, publishing their work for intended audiences.
Children are inspired by a range of authors, genres and topics which motivates them to dream big and develop high aspirations.
Children are encouraged to write to a high standard by evaluating and refining their work and editing and proof reading to achieve their best.


We follow the National Curriculum programme of study and Development Matters in EYFS which ensures consistency and progression across school.  We also have a writing skills progression document that ensures that writing skills have progression across each year group.


  • Years 1-6 have regular spelling sessions every week and follow the Spelling Shed spelling scheme.
  • All year groups have focus spellings displayed on their working walls.
  • Weekly spelling homework is shared for children to practice their skills.

Grammar and Punctuation

  • Years 1-6 have a discrete grammar and punctuation lesson taught throughout the week.
  • Lessons link to the genre being taught in writing and/or reading to ensure that children have a deep understanding.


  • Cursive handwriting is taught from Y1 to Y6.


The writing process throughout school is as follows:

  • Immersion – children are introduced to a text/audience/purpose
  • Gather Ideas and Planning
  • Modelling, Shared Writing and Drafting
  • Evaluating, Editing and Proof Reading

Publishing, Performing and Celebrating Success


  • Children will become independent and confident writers, able to write with accuracy and communicate ideas effectively for a purpose.
  • Children will develop a lifelong enjoyment of writing.
  • Children will have the skills so that they can access the next step of their education.