West Drayton Academy

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Writing skills are taught progressively through high-quality literature.  The learning experience at West Drayton Academy is vocabulary rich; we want children to develop a wide vocabulary which will enable them to understand more of the world and communicate more effectively.


Through effective demonstration writing and learning experiences, we inspire high-quality writing. Real-life contexts ensure that writing is purposeful and language and style is adapted for a range of contexts and audiences.




At West Drayton Academy, we use Jane Considine's ‘The Write Stuff’ approach to teach writing. This pedagogical approach is based on two guiding principles; teaching sequences that slide between experience days and sentence stacking lessons. With modelling at the heart of them, the sentence stacking lessons are broken into bite-sized chunks and taught under the structural framework of The Writing Rainbow. Teachers prepare children for writing by modelling the ideas, grammar or techniques of writing. This approach to writing brings clarity and consistency to the mechanics of writing and to enable our children to write effectively and coherently. As a school, all children from Year 1 to Year 6 learn to write through the Write Stuff approach.