We are now entering our third year of having a whole-school text-based approach, having successfully trialled it in Years 1, 2 & 3 for one year and then all year groups employing the same approach last year. This approach that allows a greater opportunity for the children to write, along with linking grammar, punctuation and spelling into their work more closely, as well as developing our inference and retrieval skills through whole class work. Not only that, but it allows the children to become more immersed in their topic and broaden their vocabulary and learn subject specific vocabulary also.  


Click below to see an overview of the year, including knowledge, skills and understanding being covered across the school, as well as the texts being used, so that you can support your children at home with their learning.

Writing Overview

Writing Progression in Skills 

To allow the children to apply their writing skills across the curriculum, extended writing opportunities are planned throughout the wider curriculum so that the children have more opportunities to work towards greater depth writing. 

We know that some of the vocabulary around Primary English can be very confusing, so please click on the link below to see a handy jargon buster:

Jargon Buster 

Talk For Writing

As well as using a whole school text based approach, we also use a Talk For Writing approach. We are now in our second year of using a whole school Talk for Writing Approach. This approach allows children to learn and retell a story off by heart & learn and rehearse key features of their text type. We are in the process of producing a guide for parents/carers to explain this approach in more detail. 

Sentence Types

To develop sentence structure and the use of punctuation within at Weston, we also use a whole school approach, using Alan Peat’s Exciting Sentence Types. A guide on this, including progression throughout the year groups, can be found on the link below.

Alan Peat Exciting Sentence Types Progression


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Contact Us

Telephone: 01928 574544

Email: head.weston@halton.gov.uk

Headteacher: Ros Atkins

Weston Primary School,

Lambsickle Lane, Runcorn,

Cheshire WA7 4RA

SENCO: Laura Simpson

Email: Senco.Weston@halton.gov.uk