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Great Kimble Church of England School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Writing and Oracy


At Great Kimble School we are passionate about our curriculum and believe English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching across all subjects. For our pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. We believe that fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects and our teachers develop pupils’ Oracy, Writing and Vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject.

The children at Great Kimble will be exposed to a language heavy, creative and continuous English curriculum which not only enables them to learn successfully and become primary literate, but will also develop a love of creative writing and purposeful speaking and listening. This will give them the skills to succeed in all aspects of their future lives.

We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We inspire children to be confident in the art of oracy and understand the importance of an extended bank of vocabulary for them to express their feelings, opinions and needs.



At Great Kimble we are creative in our approach to implementing a high quality writing curriculum. Our implementation is developed through a secure understanding of the curriculum and subject area. We recognise the importance of spoken language in the development of the whole child. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for writing. 

Our Writing Journey

We have recently began our journey with Hamilton Trust to further develop our children’s writing skills. Hamilton Trust is a UK charity working to support inspirational teaching and learning. At Great Kimble we are using Hamilton resources to provide our children with rich and engaging English lessons that develop higher-level literacy skills, comprehension and extended writing. Our Long Term Rolling Programmes ensure a variety of genres are progressively taught, identifying the appropriate features but also revisiting grammar, punctuation and ambitious vocabulary from previous lessons. Sequenced lessons ensure that prior learning is checked and built upon. At Great Kimble we use shared writing, modelled writing and guided writing to teach a range of skills and techniques which enable the children to develop their own writing style using appropriate grammar, punctuation and ambitious vocabulary choices. We model the writing process daily and demonstrate the high standards expected of all children. This clearly shows our children that effective writing takes time and effort, and how important the editing process is. This scaffolds and supports children’s writing and makes expectations clear. At Great Kimble we strongly believe in the opportunities for Assessment for Learning to take place and regular opportunities to take ownership of their own assessment, targets and next steps take place through self and peer assessment. Each classroom has a Working Wall which is built upon and changed regularly to support the children to become independent in making choices to enhance their writing.


At Great Kimble C of E School, we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our Journey to Cursive handwriting style. We use the concept of letter families that covers all the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. At the end of Key Stage 2 all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting, and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes. We aim to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking. By the end of Year 6 pupils will understand the importance of neat presentation and the need for different letterforms (cursive, printed or capital letters) to help communicate meaning clearly. Our teachers are encouraged to use neat, cursive writing for all handwriting tasks including marking and comments. Pupils should experience coherence and continuity in the learning and teaching of handwriting across all school years and be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work. Our aim is to help pupils enjoy learning and developing their handwriting with a sense of achievement and pride.

Oracy Skills

Throughout the school, children talk about their learning, develop ideas and understanding through discussion, asking questions, being able to listen carefully to others’ views and giving them time to respond, sometimes challenging others’ viewpoints, negotiating with others in group work and considering a range of viewpoints. Talk partners and Talking Tables are often used as a strategy to encourage discussion in lessons. Relevant vocabulary is explicitly taught in lessons across the curriculum so that our children’s knowledge and understanding of vocabulary increases. At Great Kimble we ensure the children are given a wide range of opportunities to talk, share ideas, feedback and take ownership of their learning through spoken language opportunities such as drama, group work and debates.


Writing and Oracy at Great Kimble