John Gulson is a school of ‘Golden Writers’. Our children enjoy writing and strive for the best at all times. Children have lots of opportunities to develop their writing skills at John Gulson: from the very beginnings of mark making in Early Years, to the producing of exciting stories in Year 6!

Children have a special ‘Golden Writing’ lesson once a week, where they get to showcase their skills and show off their best writing in their Golden Writing books. Time is then given to redrafting, refining and publishing best work.

Each year group looks to the wider curriculum for inspiration in their writing, whether it be Ancient Greek myths in Year 3, or war time diaries in Year 6. Our school reading spine has also been put together to support both the wider curriculum and inspire Golden Writing from all of our pupils.

Here are some of the ways writing and reading are taught in our school:

  • Learning stories for re-telling in year one and two which leads to children having a greater understanding of story structure and how to write their own stories.
    • Regular story time across the whole school to enable children to learn fantastic new vocabulary and develop their story writing skills.
    • Poetry teaching in all classes using inspiring poetry to learn to recite and use as a model for writing.
    • A Golden Writing lesson once a week for all classes from year 1-6. This lesson allows children to write at length and with guided support where appropriate.
    • Clear teaching of grammar, spelling and handwriting to support the writing process across all classes in school.
    • Vocabulary is a priority in all lessons to support building a high level vocabulary for all children. The children explore new words, which you can find on our learning walls and in special word pots in every classroom.
    • Use of high quality texts to support the writing of fiction and non- fiction writing.
    • All of our English units of work are related to our topic so children get a great opportunity to write in lots of different ways and for lots of purposes across the curriculum.
    • Phonics teaching supports the teaching of reading and writing.

For further information about English at John Gulson, please contact Mrs Bassi (English Subject Leader/ Assistant Head Teacher).

Click here to see the English National Curriculum