St Malachy's Catholic Primary, Furness Place, Illingworth, Halifax, HX2 8JY

01422 244628

St Malachy's Catholic Primary School

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We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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At St. Malachy's, children's love of reading and writing is at the heart of our curriculum. We aim to ensure all children equipped with the relevant skills they need to communicate their ideas with the world effectively. Throughout out English lessons, we encourage children to develop a love of writing. 

Writing activities are embedded across the curriculum allowing pupils many opportunities to practice and apply the skills and knowledge acquired in their daily English writing lessons. 

We have undertaken work as a Trust and Phil Riozzi to develop our Writing Intent. This intent is broken into four sections: Transcriptional Knowledge, Component Knowledge, Compositional Knowledge and Final Outcomes - where children will demonstrate all knowledge and skills the pupils have acquired. 

Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) skills are embedded throughout English lessons. As the children move through the school, new aspects of grammar and punctuation are introduced and previously taught aspects are revisited and developed.

Spellings build on the foundations of Read Write Inc. and lessons continue to unpick, explore and spot patterns in the complex spelling of the English language. Rules and patterns are taught during spelling lessons and revisited throughout the curriculum. Weekly spelling homework provides further opportunities to learn these rules. 

Our aim is for all children to develop a confident, clear and personal handwriting style. We encourage children to take pride and care in their handwriting. Letterjoin is used to support the teaching and learning of handwriting. This allows for a consistent approach and progression of handwriting skills across the school.

Gross and fine motor skills are practised through a wide range of activities across the school.


Blessed Peter Snow Trust Writing Intent and Progression Document

BPS Writing Intent has been developed alongside the work of Phil Riozzi - Grammar in Context: A Simplified Writing Intent - A Mastery Approach (