Subject Leader: Mr Adam Chwalko

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At The Arches, we recognise that being able to write well is vital for a child's prospects at school and in life.  We intend to immerse all our pupils in the wonders of vocabulary rich, quality texts, which will lead to writing in a variety of forms and styles, showing an awareness of purpose and audience. Futhermore, we intend to foster a keen interest in writing and allow children to build on existing links with the wider curriculum. 


All classes from Year 1 to Year 6 follow Read to Write schemes of work. 

FS2 follow an adaptive curriculum strcutured around Read to Write schemes of work, tailored specifically to the needs of the particular cohort of children. 

"Read to Write empowers teachers to provide high-quality teaching of writing through high-quality literature. These detailed units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum and they also signpost wider curriculum enrichments."

These units are being implemented with great success across the school because they also provide:

  • Clear sequential Episodes of Learning
  • Model Texts linked to writing outcomes within the unit
  • Vocabulary learning and contextualised spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Wider reading for the wider curriculum
  • Curriculum Enrichments
  • A wealth of resources
  • Explicit links to the national curriculum

Read to Write is evidence-based teaching of writing. These units have been carefully mapped out so the entire statutory curriculum for English is covered for each year group. They also enable schools to draw upon the wider curriculum, which in turn helps build a rich curriculum where intent and implementation leads to impact and improved outcomes for children.

Now embedded since its implementation in 2019, Read to Write is also bolstered by the 'sister scheme' Steps to Read. This ensures that our reading spine aligns with our writing units. 

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The Arches Community Primary School

Saughall Road, Blacon, Chester CH1 5EZ

Nicky Johnson or Sue Wilkins: SEN Contact

Michelle Ashfield: Headteacher

01244 667660


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