Pathways to Write

Pathways to Write

Pathways is a brand-new methodology designed to equip pupils with key skills to move them through the writing process towards their final outcome. It is built around units of work that follow a mastery approach to the teaching of writing.

To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to a high-quality text. Pathways to Write ensures engaging and purposeful English lessons. The units can be used thematically to encourage a whole school approach to writing with the opportunity for topics to link across all year groups.

Each unit covers a range of areas in the national curriculum:

  • Mastery of vocabulary, grammar and punctuation skills
  • Writing a range of genres across a year
  • Vocabulary development
  • Using a wider range of reading comprehension strategies as a whole class
  • Spoken language activities including drama and presentations
  • Opportunities for practising previously taught genres
  • An extended, independent piece of writing

This process follows three stages:

The Gateway (1-2 lessons)

  • Begin at the Gateway with a ‘hook’ session to intrigue and enthuse young writers
  • Use objects, people, images or role-play to stimulate questions about the chosen text
  • Give pupils the opportunity to predict the text
  • Establish the purpose and audience of the writing
  • Revisit previous mastery skills and ongoing skills

The Pathway (10 lessons)

  • Introduce pupils to three new writing skills from their year group curriculum
  • Provide opportunities to practise and apply the skill they have learnt through short and extended writing tasks including character descriptions, poetry, dialogue between characters, fact files or diary entries in role
  • Provide opportunities to re-cap and apply previously taught skills
  • Challenge greater depth writers through a wider range of tasks e.g. changes to form, viewpoint and audience

Writeaway (4 lessons)

  • Section and sequence texts independently or collaboratively
  • Create extended pieces of writing over time
  • Opportunity to apply mastery skills
  • Time for planning, writing, checking, editing, redrafting and publishing
  • A fiction or non-fiction outcome will be written (covering a wide range of genres and themes over the year)

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