Our Intent

By the time our children leave Mullion Primary School, they will be motivated and enthusiastic readers who read both for enjoyment and to find things out. We teach children to read and to keep them reading through a coordinated and progression approach that promotes fluency and a love of reading. We will introduce them to current and classic authors and teach reading through a range of genres. We will develop readers who discuss and give opinions about what they have read.


It is our intent to teach children to become passionate and purposeful writers. They will be taught to write creatively across a range of genres and subjects where texts are woven through the curriculum. The children will learn the skills of writing with fluency, accuracy and precision. They are taught handwriting as a progressive skill and are taught editing techniques to improve spelling, punctuation and grammar to affect the reader.
The Writing Approach
We use ‘The Write Stuff’ as an approach for writing. This is a combination of experience lessons (to build vocabulary and first-hand experiences) and Sentence Stacking lessons (where vocabulary is used and sentences are crafted through the use of the Writing Rainbow).
The punctuation and grammar curriculum is embedded within the teaching of writing through the arc of the GRAMMARISTICs in the Writing Rainbow. Children learn about an aspect, see it in demonstration writing and then are given the opportunity to apply it to their own writing. 
We teach as we mean to progress – starting with the Read Write Inc phonics-based approach and continuing through the Read Write Inc spellings programme. We have a school-wide spelling strategy that is taught and applied in writing and editing.


As a school, we follow a continuous cursive handwriting progression of skills once the children are able to form letters correctly. Children are taught handwriting each week and given opportunities for practice. Handwriting standards are expected across the curriculum. From Reception class, children are taught correct letter formation in line with the Read Write Inc patter which supports letter formation. 

Punctuation and Grammar
Teachers use half-termly PAGES (Punctuation and Grammar Essential Skills) to ensure year group objectives are covered and learnt. Grammar and punctuation are also taught through writing, where it is the focus of the success criteria as lenses from the Writing Rainbow.