Introducing ‘Pathways to Write’
Pathways to Write is a brand-new process and methodology designed to equip children with key skills to move them through the writing process towards their final outcome. The units of work follow a mastery approach to the teaching of writing with children having the opportunity to practise their skills along the way before applying them at the end.
"Pathways to Write is now firmly established within our school and the progress that we have seen in less than a year is truly fantastic. Not only do children write for a purpose, but they write for pleasure, with children across all year groups expressing a love of writing. I cannot recommend this company or this programme highly enough."
James Smith – Assistant Headteacher/English Lead at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Nursery, Liverpool.
Within each unit, there will be a small number of new age-related skills for children to work on and master through a variety of activities and writing opportunities. By limiting the number of skills, children can really hone their writing techniques and this provides an excellent, focussed assessment opportunity for teachers.
At regular intervals, there will also be suggestions for extending greater depth writers within the context of the lesson. These are simple, manageable and effective with little additional planning required.
Each unit consists of three essential stages: The Gateway, The Pathway and Writeaway. To support this approach, clear and detailed lesson plans are provided linked to a high-quality text along with all the resources needed to create engaging and purposeful English lessons. Pathways units can also be used thematically with topics linking across all year groups for a whole school approach to writing.
The Gateway (1-2 lessons)
The journey begins at our Gateway with a ‘hook’ session to intrigue and enthuse our young writers. It also includes an opportunity for independent writing which teachers can use to assess previously taught skills.
The Pathway (10 lessons)
Along The Pathway is where children will be introduced to each of their new mastery writing skills. Each step along the path leads them closer to their end result and they will have many opportunities to apply what they have learnt.
Writeaway (4 lessons)
This final stage of the journey is where our followers of the Pathway get the opportunity to apply the three skills they have mastered along the way (as well as re-using previously taught skills). The last few steps they need to complete will see them planning, writing, checking, redrafting and publishing in order to achieve their goal.
Key skills underpin the Pathways journey and so children will have the opportunity to collect keys as they master each new skill. This will help children to build up their writing ‘toolbox’ and help them to apply their skills across a range of writing. There are three types of keys referred to within Pathways to Write: mastery keys, gateway keys and feature keys.