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KS3 Literacy - Writing

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.

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Like reading, a Manor student cannot achieve success without being to effectively communicate themselves in a written format. In all subject areas at Key Stage Four, students are expected to be able to write and express their ideas in an understandable written manner. In fact, spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) is now even more integral to the teaching and learning of your child at KS4; ultimately contributing between 5-20% of your child's overall GCSE grades.

As part of our literacy policy at Manor Community Academy, whenever your child completes an extended piece of written work , in all curriculum areas , they are given a working at level/grade and also a mark out of four for their SPaG, using the following criteria:

SPaG Performance:

Marks awarded:

High Performing Students:

  • Spell and punctuate with consistent accuracy.
  • Consistently use subject specific vocabulary.
  • Ensure their sentences are effective and controlled.

4

Intermediate Performing Students:

  • Spell and punctuate with considerable accuracy.
  • Use a considerable range of subject specific vocabulary.
  • Ensure their sentences are generally controlled.

3-2

Threshold Performing Students:

  • Spell and punctuate with reasonable accuracy
  • Use a reasonable range of subject specific vocabulary.
  • Ensure their sentences do not hinder meaning.

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This enables us to track our students' writing and intervene when necessary. KS4 students also receive a separate SPaG report which gives an average SPaG mark in all of the relevant curriculum areas.

Top tips for top writers:

Provide your child with weekly spelling tests, there are a wide range of online spelling tests that can be used.

Discourage your child to use "text speak" and to write in full sentences, with capital letters and full stops.

Encourage your child to practice their writing skills at home and when completing homework for all subjects to use: full sentences, paragraphs, punctuation and correct spelling.

Encourage your child to use a dictionary to check spelling and the meaning of new vocabulary. There are on line dictionaries as well as APP dictionaries you can download onto all smartphones.