Our school teaches English by placing books at the core of our curriculum, following The Literacy Tree approach of ‘teaching through a text’. This allows teachers to use the text as the context for the requirements of the national curriculum. Our approach begins in the Early Years, where children have frequent opportunities to mark make with a variety of materials in all areas of the classroom, and develop the fine motor skills needed for writing. EYFS also have daily phonics lessons which include opportunities for writing, Literacy lessons and purposeful shared writing opportunities, for example writing labels, captions and sentence writing. The approach of teaching through a text continue into KS1, where grammatical objectives are taught in context and children have real reasons to write, whether to explain, persuade, inform or instruct. Writing in role using a range of genres is key to our approach and we would always model the tone and level of formality. Alongside this, we have spelling and handwriting curriculum which ensures progression in transcription across the Key Stage.