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At St John's each teaching sequence is based around a core text, and follows a three part structure: Learning About the Text, Practising Writing and Independent Writing.


Learning about the Text

The purpose of this stage is to capture the children's interest and help them get to know the text really well. This is through both 'reading as a reader' - exploring and sharing personal responses to what they read - and through 'reading as a writer' - recognising and investigating the features the writer uses to engage and manipulate the reader. It often will involve some form of learning and remembering of trickier or interesting sections to be used as an initial model for writing.


Practising Writing 

During this stage, children need to try out the elements of writing they are less sure of so that they can use this experience when writing independently. This means they need opportunites to play around with the language and structures they've been learning about and will be supported by their teacher(s).


Independent Writing 

Children choose their own content to write about and collect ideas. Children write their text using proof-reading and editing to improve it.