How We Teach Writing

How We Teach Writing at Gnosall St Lawrence


At Gnosall St Lawrence we have adopted ‘The Write Stuff’ by Jane Considine . ‘The Write Stuff’ follows a method called Sentence Stacking where there is an emphasis on vocabulary, sentence structure and developing sections of writing.

An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken into three learning chunks. Each learning chunk has three sections:

  1. Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.
  2. Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.
  3. Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.

Children are challenged to ‘Deepen the Moment’ which requires them to independently draw upon previously learnt skills and apply them to their writing during that chunk.


‘The Write Stuff’ uses three essential components to support children in becoming great writers. 

The three zones of writing are:

The FANTASTICs. These represent the nine ideas for writing.

The GRAMMARISTICS. The grammar rules of our language system.

The BOOMTASTICs. The writing techniques to add drama, style and poetic devices to writing.

Gnosall St Lawrence CE Primary Academy is part of St Bartholomew’s CE Multi Academy Trust. Our registered company number is 10312858. Our MAT is a private limited company.