First Steps in Writing
As part of our Schools Improvement Plan and the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, the school is formalising its use of the First Steps Writing Programme throughout the school. The First Steps Programme is a literacy resource developed in Western Australia, with the purpose of helping to improve student literacy. The approach underpinning First Steps is that of gradually moving the child from a supportive context with a significant degree of teacher scaffolding to a more independent context where the child has greater control and autonomy over their own writing. The programme helps teachers to identify stages of development within literacy and thus teach to the specific needs of the student.
The programme complements the English curriculum in that it emphasises the importance of communicative competence, linking the development of competence and confidence in oral language to that in written language.
It also emphasises the process of writing as being as important as the product, and places a significant focus on the specific purpose and intended audience for the writing.
Free Writing takes place in each classroom weekly. The primary aim of Free Writing is to foster the desire to write.
For the first year we will be working on the following writing genres. These will not be worked on in isolation but special emphasis will be placed on these throughout a certain term.
Term 1: Narrative – completed through use of poetry and fictional story writing
Term 2: Report writing
Term 3 Procedural
4th, 5th and 6th used the onling programme "Pixton" from www.pixton.com to design and write their own stories in comic format. This proved very successful as the children also got to experience the storyboard process of narrative writing.
To see a sample of the narrative writing lessons completed by 4th, 5th and 6th click on the ebook below.Scoil Mhichil Naofa First Steps Writing Plan