The Write Stuff


“You can make anything by writing.”

– C.S. Lewis

Writing At Clapagte

Welcome to our writing page!

Writing at Clapgate is taught through The Write Stuff approach by Jane Considine. This method allows pupils to improve their oracy and widen their vocabulary in every lesson, whilst deepening their understanding of writerly choices through the use of the shade’o’meter. Pupils love their writing lessons and can’t wait to show what they’ve learnt in their independent extended pieces at the end of each unit.  

All our writing is taught through the ‘writing rainbow’ which provides a lens for the writer to focus through in order to ensure all writing is effective and engaging for the reader, whilst meeting the intended purpose. 

The Writing Rainbow
Year 6 writing book showing a sentence stacking lesson with the chotting/planning side on the left and the child's writing on the right.
The FANTASTIC Lenses: Feeling, Asking, Noticing, Touching, Action, Smelling, Tasting, Imagining, Checking

Overview of Subject Approach 

Please see the document below which clearly outlines our writing approach  teaching at Clapgate. 

Writing at Clapgate Overview

Learner Profile

Please click on the following link to see our learner profile. This document illustrates how our pupils meet our school values through their writing lessons.

Writing Learner Profile

Additional Information

You can find out more about The Write Stuff and purchase the book by visiting the website:

Our writing lessons, alongside our reading lessons, are carefully structured to deliver the complete English National Curriculum. You can see this document here: Primary English Curriculum.

We use HeadStart spelling to structure our teaching of spellings. This series is designed to give children time to practise and opportunities to revisit spelling patterns in order to embed the learning. This is then reinforced with purposeful and meaningful activities.

The breakdown of the spelling curriculum can be viewed from appendix 1 of the National Curriculum: English_Appendix_Spelling.

Useful Links

There is a wealth of amazing websites out there to support writing, both at home and at school. Below is a selection of some of our favourites.


Bitesize has videos, games, guides and lockdown lessons available.

Literacy Shed

Check out the range of ‘sheds’ in their ‘What’s New?’ section.

Vocabulary Ninja

There are some great resoures here to help expand vocabulary.

Grammar Monster

This website is a great place to go for quizzes and games.

Take a look at our writing books!