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Is Pathways to Write Mixed-Age planning right for you?

Mar 6th 2024

Pathways to Write Mixed-Age is an exciting product to support schools of all sizes with vertically grouped classes to teach effective English lessons. Let's find out if it is a good fit for your school.

All year group objectives covered

This year, we have focused on writing and refining the mixed-age package for schools to include supportive documents for teachers to plan for the needs of their classes and a wider range of unit choice to meet the needs of schools’ wider curriculums. In the plans, coverage of national curriculum objectives was the first consideration, but also ensuring teachers can deliver one cohesive lesson to a vertically grouped class was vital. Each session within a unit plan covers reading comprehension, spoken language and focused writing skills for both year groups.

Purposeful and meaningful writing tasks

The full package of Pathways to Write Mixed-Age would provide your school with fully detailed planning from EYFS (nursery and reception) to Y6, PowerPoints to support the delivery of each lesson and documents to support with English and wider curriculum planning. The standard package of Pathways to Write Mixed-Age works on a two-year cycle. Each unit of work centres around one text that can be shared and enjoyed with a whole class. The writing objectives are taught through the text with many opportunities to write purposeful and meaningful writing tasks. To ensure full coverage of all objectives, an overview is available for FS1/FS2, Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6. Within each overview, objectives from both year groups are married up. Where possible, the objectives have been linked to support the teacher delivering the lesson.

Quality texts with greater representation

High-quality, meaningful texts are at the heart of everything we produce. In Pathways to Write Mixed-Age, the texts support schools to have an engaging, challenging curriculum with mirrors – for children to see themselves in books, and windows – for them to see the wider world. Two full sets of mixed-age plans have been developed to allow you to choose units and texts related to your curriculum. Texts have been chosen to ensure curriculum coverage of themes in history, geography, science and art e.g. Great Fire of London, Ancient Greeks, Habitats, Rainforests, Rivers and the Life of Jean Michel Basquiat. Inclusive and diverse texts have been chosen to ensure greater representation: children from a wider range of ethnic backgrounds and families. Texts to challenge and broaden children’s thinking have been used e.g. books about the plight of refugees, environmental issues, Windrush, survival, bold females in Shakespeare to name a few.

Reduces workload

The mixed-age units linked to each text have been produced for teachers working in a wide range of mixed-age settings. Often teachers like yourself have an additional workload trying to meet the needs of each year group and key stage in the full range of subjects. Pathways to Write Mixed-Age planning reduces a teacher’s workload and enables you to spend time adapting for pupils’ individual needs. The feedback from teachers is positive: “Workload has been hugely reduced and planning is very easy to pick up and follow. Objectives are clear and cover the national curriculum. If you are new to teaching it shows you what is expected for the genres,” Subject leader, small school, Shropshire.

Support with writing assessment

Each Pathways to Write Mixed-Age package includes a range of supplementary documents to enhance teaching and provide you with support. To guide schools on establishing the writing programme, a user guide clearly explains the methodology and key features. Overviews clarify the long term plan for texts, outcomes and objectives as well as providing links to the wider curriculum. A whole suite of materials to support writing assessment, one of the most difficult aspects for teachers, has been created for mixed-age schools.

A brilliant resource

If you decide to proceed with a Pathways to Write Mixed-Age package, you submit an order form from drop-down menus indicating your text/unit choice. You will receive resources within 1-3 working days.

Pathways to Write Mixed-Age is a one-off purchase without further ongoing costs.

Schools who have chosen to use Pathways to Write Mixed-Age have not looked back:

I would definitely recommend Pathways to Write Mixed-Age to anyone considering it. It is a cost effective, easy to roll out and brilliant resource for years Reception-6. As a subject leader, it has made my life a lot easier as I know that all the right things are being taught in a sequential order using the mastery approach,”

Subject leader, large school, Cheshire East.