What Makes A Greater Depth Writer in Year One

Written by Dan

In Year 1, we, as teachers, need to consider a variety of things when it comes to supporting our students in writing. We must consider their skills and how we can best help them develop them. But what does it mean to be a more significant depth writer in Year 1? In this blog post, I will share with you some of the things I look for when assessing whether a student is working at greater depth in their writing.

Use Simple Noun Phrases

Noun phrases can make your teaching more effective. By keeping language concise, you can easily give instructions, rules, or processes because noun phrases can succinctly explain what something is or how to do it.

Utilising simple noun phrases in the classroom helps ensure that lessons, from presentations to activities, are easy for students to understand and remember.

Additionally, breaking sentences down into smaller components with fewer words prevents confusion and keeps focus on the task.

Crafting brief yet clear descriptions allows for quick comprehension so learning can proceed efficiently and remain enjoyable for everyone involved.

Use ‘because’ And ‘but’ To Join Clauses

As a teacher, it can be tricky to teach students the proper grammar and punctuation rules. A great starting point is teaching kids to correctly use ‘but’ and ‘because’ to join clauses.

This skill will come in handy when writing stories, reports, essays, and speaking! By correctly using the conjunctions ‘but’ or ‘because’, your students’ sentences will become more precise and concise.

With practice, not only will they start to see the difference between joining clauses with this conjunction and other words or phrases, but they will only make simple mistakes like leaving out information or running two sentences together without entering them correctly.

Write For A Purpose To Hold The Reader’s Interest

When it comes to writing, one of the most critical aspects is purpose. Writing with a specific goal in mind—whether teaching someone a concept or entertaining them—can help ensure that each word is meaningful and effective.

When crafting content, ask yourself, “what do I want my readers to gain from this?” Having a clear purpose gives you something to focus on while writing, making capturing and holding your reader’s interest easier.

Focusing on writing for a purpose empowers you to use words that grab attention, create compelling stories and explain concepts engagingly.

Being intentional about your writing, no matter the goal or setting, will give your reader an enjoyable experience and keep them coming back for more.

Write Effectively For A Particular Audience

Writing effectively for a particular audience is one of the most critical aspects of creating content. Keeping your intended audience in mind while crafting your work is essential whether you are writing a blog post, article, or another piece of text.

It’s more than just being knowledgeable; authors must also be able to present their ideas so that readers can understand them clearly.

To achieve this goal, there are various techniques that teachers can use, such as providing plenty of examples, utilizing conversational language, and thoroughly explaining each concept.

If authors pay close attention to who their readers may be and adjust their writing accordingly, they will be more successful in communicating their message.

Write In A Logical Order, Linking Events And Ideas

Writing in a logical order is essential for creating a coherent and effective piece of writing. Sequencing information or ideas can easily connect events or concepts and clarify thoughts’ progression.

This is especially important when you are writing a longer text or making an argument. When done well, it can be mighty and engaging to the reader.

Linking events and ideas also helps to highlight both subtle and significant points within your work, allowing the reader to build mental bridges that lead to enhanced understanding.

As such, planning out your writing in a logical sequence is an invaluable skill for anyone looking to communicate their thoughts clearly on paper confidently.

Consistently Use Editing And Revising Strategies 

Editing and revising strategies are essential for students to create quality and accurate written work, and learning them early on can positively impact future assignments and projects.

Helping students reach the high standards of writing that teams now expect is critical. Finding efficient ways to teach these processes and helping them develop good revision practices will benefit everyone in the long run.

Showing students different tools like online feedback software, peer/teacher editing, practice tests, and learning techniques to be aware of specific errors can make all the difference when helping them reach their goals.

Teaching your students these practices while they’re young will set them up for success in years to come!

Actively Seek And Use New Words In Their Writing

As writers, they must be conscious of their language and vocab choices to communicate what they intend effectively. Actively seeking out new words and adding them to their cognitive toolkit helps ensure their writing stands out.

Since precise nouns, adjectives, and technical words can profoundly impact the reader’s interpretation, taking time to ensure they are informed, including terminology that reflects their goal, is essential.

Additionally, challenging themselves to explore unfamiliar terms allows them to broaden their repertoire and eventually master selecting the correct word for any given context.

Make Plausible Attempts At Spelling New Words

Learning new words in primary school can often be daunting, but it’s essential for a child’s development. One way to build your child’s confidence is to encourage them to make reasonable attempts at spelling new words with the phonic knowledge they have acquired in Year 1 and beyond.

This will help their literacy skills develop further, allowing them to explore language more accurately and sophistication and give them a sense of autonomy as they realize that increasingly difficult words can still be tackled using what they know.

It’s important to remember not to put too much pressure on your child. Instead, use opportunities like this to guide and support their growing confidence in overcoming literacy-based challenges.

To write well, it is essential to understand a few key points. Firstly, get your class to use simple noun phrases rather than long and complicated ones. Secondly, linking clauses with ‘but’ or ‘because’ makes their writing more understandable.

Lastly, they must edit and revise their work for a better final product. If they keep these tips in mind, their writing will significantly improve!

If you found this guide useful, check out our article on how to Teach Your Class To Use Emotive Language!


What does Greater Depth mean in primary school writing?

Greater depth in primary school writing refers to a writing style beyond the expected skill level. It includes more effective use of sophisticated language, structure, and techniques such as similes, metaphors and figurative language.

Greater Depth writing usually requires more thought and effort than expected at a lower level to achieve accuracy, clarity and quality.

About The Author

I'm Dan Higgins, one of the faces behind The Teaching Couple. With 15 years in the education sector and a decade as a teacher, I've witnessed the highs and lows of school life. Over the years, my passion for supporting fellow teachers and making school more bearable has grown. The Teaching Couple is my platform to share strategies, tips, and insights from my journey. Together, we can shape a better school experience for all.

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