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Pathways to Write

Pathways is a methodology designed to equip pupils with key skills to move them through the writing process towards their final outcome. It is built around units of work that follow a mastery approach to the teaching of writing.

To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to a high-quality text. Pathways to Write ensures engaging and purposeful English lessons. The units can be used thematically to encourage a whole school approach to writing with the opportunity for topics to link across all year groups.

Each unit covers a range of areas in the national curriculum:


Mastery of vocabulary, grammar and punctuation skills

Writing a range of genres across a year

Vocabulary development

Using a wider range of reading comprehension strategies as a whole class

Spoken language activities including drama and presentations

Opportunities for practising previously taught genres

An extended, independent piece of writing


This process follows three stages:


The Gateway

Begin at the Gateway with a ‘hook’ session to intrigue and enthuse young writers

Use objects, people, images or role-play to stimulate questions about the chosen text

Give pupils the opportunity to predict the text

Establish the purpose and audience of the writing

Revisit previous mastery skills and ongoing skills


The Pathway

Introduce pupils to three new writing skills from their year group curriculum

Provide opportunities to practise and apply the skill they have learnt through short and extended writing tasks including character descriptions, poetry, dialogue between characters, fact files or diary entries in role

Provide opportunities to re-cap and apply previously taught skills

Challenge greater depth writers through a wider range of tasks e.g. changes to form, viewpoint and audience



Section and sequence texts independently or collaboratively

Create extended pieces of writing over time

Opportunity to apply mastery skills

Time for planning, writing, checking, editing, redrafting and publishing

A fiction or non-fiction outcome will be written (covering a wide range of genres and themes over the year)

Pathways to Write Classroom Displays