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How can we increase children’s fluency and independence as writers?

5 comments on “How can we increase children’s fluency and independence as writers?

  1. Gary Jones says:

    Would suggest that you refine the question, so it’s clear which pupils who you are trying to develop fluency and independence of writing – what Yr group, SEN pupils, FSM/disadvantaged pupils. In addition, you may wish to focus on only one outcome – fluency or independence – or are you saying they are inter-related. Also may be worth looking at know interventions which are evidenced on their impact on fluency and independence and look at effect sizes – again this may help with developing a well formulated question. You may wish to look at and the following two posts

  2. jonathan.cooper says:

    Thanks for the suggestion around the question, Gary.
    Initially, we have deliberately kept away from a focused research question. We are looking for a range of possible approaches/ideas which we will then analyse/assess. We will then decide on which one to actually research further. It could be something colleagues have done with disadvantaged pupils, it could have been an EY project, it could even be an intervention in Yr 6 for lower attainers. We want to have a rich response from which we can begin to glean some possible further avenues of enquiry/some new thinking; at which point, I can see your PICO model as being a good framework for the question. As to the relationship between fluency and independence, we do believe they are closely inter-related but we are ready to be challenged on this!

  3. Alex Wingham says:

    This is an interesting way of doing things, nice ideas you have already tried. I know there are many great writing approaches and interventions but maybe it would be good to get back to basics of writing for pleasure and not for targets/levels! How much writing happens out of class ? We try and take them to write on locations from setting up a Tomb in school or taking them somewhere special to write to make it fun, purposeful and engaging rather than work. We also have free writing books/diaries which we do not mark and this for some children gives them the freedom to express themselves more creatively as well as have more ownership.
    Good luck

  4. jonathan.cooper says:

    Thanks so much for your ideas, Alex. I believe you are right about the need to look into writing for purpose and pleasure.

  5. Fiona Large says:

    I attended a fantastic course today delivered by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – inspiring writers in KS1. Lots of ideas for engaging children in quality books, writing for purpose and audience modelling of a teaching sequence .CLPE run courses and provide consultancy as well as some free teaching sequences for download on the CLPE website. Might be worth exploring if you haven’t already.

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