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After the success of Times Tabes Rock Stars, we trialled and then implemented the Spelling Beats Programme to motivate our pupils and to encourage home learning.

 St Ann's had the highest school score in South Yorkshire and a 'shining pupil' was selected to be interviewed by the Yorkshire Post.

Click on the link below to see the interview.

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Spelling Sucess

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Children need many opportunities to write in order to become fluent and proficient writers. They are given opportunities to produce quality pieces of writing in literacy lessons and across the wider curriculum. Children are made aware of the purpose and audience for their writing. Each English unit is planned with PAT

(Purpose, Audience, Text type) in mind (Y1 – Y6)

The Writing Process

A cold write is completed prior to a new unit being taught. This piece of writing is used to highlight gaps in children’s knowledge and inform the way the unit is planned and delivered.

Applied writing then provides further assessment information – in terms of what pupils have retained and been able to apply within another context.

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Writing assessment

See the document – Assessing Writing ARE for years 1-6

This document shows KPI statements, linked to the Teacher Assessment frameworks. This is used for both planning and assessing.

Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing is used as a key approach to the teaching of writing.This is a three part process including:

  • Imitation

  • Innovation / adaptation

  • Invention


This enables pupils to embed fiction and non fiction templates and hear correct models of  sentences, embedding grammatically accurate templates.

In Foundation stage we have a focus on developing pupils’ communication and language skills as a platform to support their development as writers.


Super Six

The Super Six are the school's writing non-negotiables. These build from FS – KS1 – LKS2 – UKS2. These are basics that all pupils should show within their writing prior to marking.  There are a number of resources developed for staff to use to act as reminders to pupils about the Super six.

Every classroom has the 6 star symbols on the working wall. They are also in the back of each literacy book – and can be flipped up as a checklist / prompt for the pupils to use. 

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At St Ann’s we promote the importance of good presentation. Children work towards achieving their pen licence by demonstrating neat and correct presentation across all aspects of their recorded work. This is awarded in Key Stage assemblies – with a certificate and pen presentation.

The standard is checked  / reviewed and must be maintained. The pen licence can then be renewed. 

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In Foundation stage we have a focus on developing pupils’ gross and fine motor skills as a platform to support their handwriting skills as they move through school.