Introducing ‘Pathways to Write’
Pathways to Write is a proven methodology built around units of work which develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach. The units, for use with pupils from EYFS to Y6, provide clear detailed lesson plans and resources, linked to high-quality texts to ensure engaging and purposeful English lessons. Effective teaching strategies to challenge greater depth writers are included within each unit of work.
Key elements of Pathways to Write:
- Six detailed units of work for each year group from EYFS to Year 6
- Fully resourced sessions inspired by engaging texts
- Develops vocabulary, reading and writing skills through the mastery approach
- Links creatively to the wider curriculum
- Challenges greater depth writers
The ‘Pathways to Write’ planning has provided us with a strong focus on the progression of skills within our writing. We have seen a strong rise in both staff confidence and pupil engagement through exciting texts this year. We highly recommend using these units.
English Subject Leader, Sankey Valley St. James’ Primary, Warrington
'In our recent Ofsted visit it was recognised that our curriculum was coherently planned and well sequenced. Pathways to Write has been fantastic – it has been the cornerstone of our curriculum planning. The texts have been engaging , the children love and respond well to them. The planning materials have supported staff in the teaching and delivery of mastery skills. The impact upon children’s attitudes towards writing and success has been phenomenal.
I cannot recommend enough Pathways to Write and the superb team at the Literacy Company.'
Head Teacher - St Basil's Catholic Primary School
The Literacy Company – Catch-Up Units
Head teacher, Kelsall Primary School
'We have adopted the Mastery in Writing, Pathways to Write approach, and the results have been phenomenal. The response from staff, children and inspectors has been overwhelmingly positive; a recent pupil survey showed that children's attitudes to writing have improved greatly. Children adore using the recommended quality texts as a stimulus and the quantity and quality of writing in books has improved significantly. I could not recommend the Literacy Company highly enough.’
Literacy Leader, Dubai English Speaking School
The units have been invaluable this year for our staff. They have improved outcomes for the children by helping staff have a sharper focus on the relevant, necessary skills they need to master in each year group. An added benefit is the reduction in teacher workload!
Headteacher, Childer Thornton Primary School, Cheshire
‘The planning already seems to be having an impact in our school after one term. The children are much clearer in what they need to include in their writing and I love the way the planning returns to teaching points to consolidate learning. The books are really engaging too and allow for lots of links with reading skills.’
Assistant Deputy Headteacher, Upper KS2 Leader, New Brighton Primary School
Pathways to Write has completely transformed English at Farnworth. Staff love teaching the units, which are very easy to follow yet so full of amazing opportunities to develop children’s skills progressively. This approach enables us to foster a love of literature through memorable experiences that are accessible to all. Children are so engaged and enthusiastic, and staff feel renewed by such a fun, creative approach to teaching.
Assistant Headteacher/KS2 Assessment Lead/Collective, Farnworth Primary School,
‘Pathways to Write has transformed the way in which we teach English. Our children are more engaged, are writing more, reading more and love learning. It has also helped to ensure our English curriculum is progressive and takes on a mastery approach to developing writing, and we are seeing a real difference already.’
Deputy Headteacher, St Catherine’s RC Primary School, November 2019
Within each unit, there are 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 the units contain, children can really hone their writing techniques, providing an excellent, focussed assessment opportunities for teachers.
At regular intervals, there are suggestions for extending greater depth writers within the context of the lesson. These are simple, manageable and effective with little additional planning required.
The Pathways to Write process follows three stages:
Gateway (1-2 sessions): hooks, enthuses and intrigues young writers whilst revisiting previous mastery skills for teachers to assess
Pathway (10 sessions): introduces three new writing skills which pupils practise and apply through short and extended writing tasks
Writeaway (4 sessions): provides an opportunity for pupils to apply mastery skills in an extended context
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.
To complement the Pathways to Write programme, The Literacy Company are continually developing writing units that ensure creative links to the wider curriculum:
‘Throughout our unit of work on My Name is Not Refugee, the learning has been amazing, both in terms of literacy and the less tangible skills of empathy and understanding.’ Year 2 teacher, Cuddington Primary School, Cheshire
Pathways to Write whole school curriculum map.
Are you mapping out and planning your school curriculum?Have you considered how Pathways to Write texts can drive your curriculum themes?
At The Literacy Company, we have developed a whole school map to enhance the wider curriculum in-line with the 2019 Ofsted framework which works in conjunction with our Pathways to Write programme.
This document is included in purchases of Pathways to Write Packages priced at £725 +vat and above
Using themes drawn from our Pathways to Write texts, our curriculum map ensures appropriate sequential planning across all subject areas for KS1 and KS2:
- Historical studies visited in chronological order
- Geographical skills explored in logical order and linked with science
- Locational and place knowledge starting at school grounds and building to the wider world through the key stages
- Opportunities to develop knowledge and build schemes
- Thematic links to inspire rigorous teaching of Art and DT knowledge and skills
- Flexible theme headings which can be adapted to suit school’s individuality
"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 at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and Nursery, Liverpool.