At Thorpe Acre Junior School, we have adopted ‘The Write Stuff’ approach to writing by Jane Considine to bring clarity and consistency to the mechanics of writing and to enable our children to write effectively and coherently.


As a school, all children from Year 3 to Year 6, learn to write through using the approaches within ‘The Write Stuff’ scheme of work. It is a fun, creative and rigorous approach to developing children’s writing that allows for modelling and vocabulary exploration to be at the heart of the units they cover. The Write Stuff is based on two guiding principles; teaching sequences that slide between experience days and sentence stacking lessons. Over their time at Thorpe Acre Junior School, children will write a range of genres focused on high-quality texts. The chosen texts and genres cover a wide range of themes, including cultural, social, and physical diversity.  All fiction texts are explored through a central character, where the children put themselves in their position and focus on the highs and lows of story events and discuss the range of emotions from plot point to plot point.


As part of the teaching sequence, teachers plan experience days, sentence stacking lessons, and independent writing sequences. Experience days immerse children in experiences linked to their writing and drench them in vocabulary linked to the lenses in 'The Writing Rainbow'. From the experience days, children take part in the sentence stacking lessons. Sentence stacking lessons include effective demonstration writing from the teacher and the writing of three high-quality sentences with focuses on lenses of the rainbow. Children are also given the opportunity to 'Deepen The Moment' and add more to their writing using a lens of their choice. Independent writing sequences give children the opportunity to showcase everything they've learnt in their experience days and sentence stacking lessons.


In ‘The Write Stuff’ approach to writing, children explore high level, rich vocabulary and are taught grammar in context through different writing lenses on the Writing Rainbow. There are three lenses used to support children with their writing:


Fantastics        –  ideas for writing
Grammaristics –  tools for writing
Boomtastics    –  specific writing techniques


By using this approach, children can apply basic skills, vocabulary and grammar knowledge to write effective sentences, which are full of impact and keep the reader interested. By using this approach, it is our aim that all children should be able to:

  • write for a range of purposes
  • use their vast knowledge of vocabulary to excite, inform, or entertain the reader
  • understand a range of punctuation and the effect it can have on the reader in both writing and reading
  • understand and be able to use a range of grammatical devices
  • understand the various sentence types that can be used to support different genres
  • spell accurately using their phonetic knowledge and apply spelling rules
  • to speak clearly, fluently and coherently, to be able to listen attentively with understanding, pleasure and empathy and contribute to group discussions




    Year 3

    Year 4

    Year 5 and Year 6

    AUT term

    - Ready to write: Preparing children for Year 3 expectations in writing and securing gaps from Year 2

    - The Magic Paintbrush: Fictional narrative piece

    - The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka: Traditional Tale with a twist

    - My Strong Mind by Niels Van Hove: Instructional writing

    - Christmas poetry: Acrostic and shape poem focus

    - Writing for pleasure free write


    - Ready to write: Preparing children for Year 4 expectations in writing and securing gaps from Year 3

    - Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp: Fictional narrative piece

    - The Whale by Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow: Mystery

    - The Journal of Lliona – A Young Slave by Richard Platt: Diary
    - Christmas poetry: Kennings

    - Writing for pleasure free write


    - Ready to write: Preparing children for Year 5 or Year 6 expectations in writing and securing gaps from Year 4 or Year 5

    - Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce: Fictional narrative piece

    - One Small Step by Taiko Studios: Adventure
    - Mars Transmission: Journalistic writing 

    - Christmas poetry: Quatrain

    - Writing for pleasure free write





    SPR term

    - George’s Marvellous Medicine: Fictional comedy

    - The Gardener: Letter

    - The Colour Collector: Poetry

    - Writing for pleasure free write


    - The BFG: Fictional adventure

    - An Alternative to Plastic Straws: Persuasive advert
    - The River by Valerie Bloom: Poetry

    - Writing for pleasure free write


    - The Nowhere Emporium: Mystery
    Emperor Penguins: Non-Chronological report
    - The Most Dangerous Animal in the World: Poetry
    Writing for pleasure free write


    SUM term

    - How a Robot Dog Works: Explanation text

    - Climate Action: Magazine article

    - The Secret of Black Rock: Fictional adventure

    - Writing for pleasure free write


    - Wizard of Once: Newspaper report

    - Should we feed Animals at National Parks? : Balanced Argument
    The Great Chocoplot by Chris Callaghan: Mystery
    - Writing for pleasure free write


    - Anglo Saxon Speech: Persuasive writing
    - Hansel and Gretel by Neil
    Gaiman: Traditional Tale
    Letter from the Lighthouse: Recount
    - Writing for pleasure free write



    We wish all our pupils, parents and staff, a very happy summer holiday. See you all again on 29th August 2024. Please contact the school office should you require a place for your child at Thorpe Acre Juniors. If you would like to purchase a book for school from our Wish List, please visit