Writing at Stoke and Allhallows Primary Academies


This year, we have started a new approach to writing with the help of Jane Considine’s Writing Rainbow. 


With this approach children will focus on the three zones of writing: 

  • Ideas
  • Techniques
  • Tools 



In the ideas of writing, there are 9 areas that the children will consider: 

F – Feeling 

A – Asking 

N – Noticing 

T – Testing 

A – Action 

S – Smell 

T – Touching 

I – Imagining 

C – Checking 


In the techniques of writing, there are 9 techniques that the children will consider. These are known as the Boomtastics. 



In the tools of writing, there are 9 grammatical tools that the children will consider: 

A – Adverbs 

B – Basics

C – Complex sentences 

D – Dialogue 

P – Purpose 

P – Paragraphs 

P – Active or passive voice 

P – Past or present tense 

P – Punctuation 


Sentence stacking

In lessons teachers’ will model writing through a process known as ‘Sentence stacking’. This is where the teacher will break a piece of writing into manageable chunks. They will model each chunk first and then the children will then have a go at writing their chunk of the text using the modelled writing as a support. Children will then be brought back together and the next chunk will be modelled. This strategy slows down the writing process to ensure that children have a clear picture of the tools and techniques they need to include, which in turn supports them in achieving higher standards of writing.