Writing Leader - Mrs Whelerton

Writing at Newton Hill Community School

At Newton Hill Community School, we passionately believe that a quality English Curriculum should instill a love of reading, writing and discussion in our pupils. This strong foundation of English skills promotes a solid literacy basis for all areas of the curriculum. Through quality-first teaching we ensure our pupils can communicate clearly and effectively using their speaking and listening skills to converse with others, read with confidence and enjoyment and express themselves through writing. English is taught daily with a combination of writing sessions, phonics and spelling, guided reading and handwriting sessions.


Our book-led curriculum draws on exciting and diverse texts to develop children’s curiosity to give them the tools that they will need to participate in a modern society.


With our ‘book-led’ curriculum and clear writing expectations, children will become more confident writers exposed to a range of genres. As there is a strong focus on cross-curricular writing, the skills taught in English are transferred to other subject areas, consolidating skills and deepening understanding of specific grammar, punctuation and spelling.


We measure the impact of writing by completing termly assessments and moderating both internally and with supporting schools. Assessments are recorded on the school internal system. Learning environments (working walls and displays) through school show the high expectations and vocabulary rich curriculum we insist on, as well as the confidence and pride the children have in their writing with well- presented, high-quality outcomes. Our children are proud of their writing.

NHCS Writing Progression Documents
Spelling Year 2-Year 6
We use Read, Write Inc as our spelling scheme from Year 2 to Year 6.