The Write Stuff and Reading

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Swans continues to guide our students’ learning during the forced closure of the school due to Covid-19. Our English lessons across the School are actioned via regular Google Meet connections – now starting from Year 3 – and with online journal updates and individual reading sessions for the younger years. We are delighted to see that the students are punctual and engaged in these lessons and sincerely thank parents for their support.

We know that for our students to receive the very best education, our teachers also need to be kept abreast of the very latest learning techniques. Therefore, they routinely attend training courses to expand upon skills across all teaching disciplines. Such as "The Write Stuff", which is detailed below.

“The Write Stuff” was introduced to Swans Primary School in September as an initiative designed to help children improve their independent creative writing skills. Learning is focussed around 3 key techniques, and we're very pleased to see that our primary school children are even more engaged and able as a result.

The creative writing process now begins with the teacher sharing plot points of a story. Feelings are discussed, along with the positive and negative aspects of the storyline. Vocabulary is then explored. This “sharing” helps the children to shape and subsequently reshape their stories. The benefits of editing and redrafting are discovered throughout the writing process.

The results of these new techniques was evident with Swans Primary School students’ talents featured in the Sur in English Education & Learning Supplement:

  • Juan Rafael Cabezas, Year 5 received a special mention for his piece “The Beauty of the Sea”

  • Cielo Davies, Year 5 won Best Primary Poem for “Late Night Working”. Peter Edgarton of The Sur in English said “Striking imagery abounds from the opening line onwards. Referencing the anger of lightning and the scent of a memory were particularly nice touches, I think.”

(Swans School students were featured a total of 9 times for art, writing, creative and scientific accomplishments across the primary and secondary schools in this dedicated Sur in English Education & Learning Supplement. Please click here to view. Link to PDF)

The Importance of Reading

Reading is essential if children are to improve their writing. It enables an expansive vocabulary and a wider understanding of styles and genres. We use the Accelerated Reader programme to support and track pupil’s progress and have seen wonderful advances in our childrens’ abilities as a result. We also organise many reading-related events throughout the academic year.

Please can all parents ensure that their children continue to read EVERY DAY and to comment in the reading diaries on each occasion. The Accelerated learner quizzes can be taken at home by children in Years 2 - 6 and all children should look to meet or exceed their targets by the end of term.

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