Bournehall Primary School

Inspiring a Love of Learning


Bournehall Avenue, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3AX

020 8950 4438



At Bournehall Primary School we value writing because: 

  • it enables us to communicate our ideas with others
  • it makes our thinking visible
  • writing down our ideas helps us preserve them so that we can reflect on them later
  • it promotes our ability to pose worthwhile questions
  • it is portable and permanent, making our thinking visible
  • it equips us with the communication and thinking skills we need to participate effectively in society.


  • has the ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum
  • has a vivid imagination which makes the reader engage with and enjoy their writing 
  • has a highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description
  • uses a variety of sentence structures in well-organised and structured writing
  • uses excellent transcription skills to ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat
  • has a love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values

 Chris Quigley – Essentials Curriculum


 Children tell us that they enjoy writing and learn best when they:

  • understand the big picture and the small steps
  • have a chance to talk their ideas through with a partner
  • use drama to recreate stories and poems
  • know what they have done well and what they need to do to improve
  • use their writing toolkits
  • are writing for a purpose
  • are writing about subjects that interest them
  • learn from their mistakes
  • publish their writing to a wider audience



  • needs a purpose and an audience - both are central to effective writing – pupils need to have a reason to write and someone to write for
  • uses a wide range of starting points, e.g. high quality books, art, music, and children’s own lives and experiences
  • needs pupils to be taught strategies for planning and monitoring their writing
  • includes the teaching of pre-writing activities, structuring text, sentence combination, summarising, drafting, editing and revising, and sharing.
  • consists of the teaching of fluent transcription skills by encouraging extensive and effective practice of handwriting or typing and by explicitly teaching spelling.
  • should be modelled using flipcharts
  • is made up of different components – planning, drafting, sharing, evaluating, revising, editing and publishing.