Substrand 8.1: Developing viewpoint, voice and ideas

This section of teaching for progression in writing offers a range of practical classroom suggestions to help you develop your pupils' own viewpoint and voice in their writing, so that their ideas are clear, coherent and engaging.

There are two main sections, focusing in turn on viewpoint and voice in fiction writing, and viewpoint and voice in non-fiction. You will be able to adapt and incorporate them into existing schemes and plans. Each provides teaching ideas that will help you build, develop and secure skills in these areas.

Recognising progression

To help you get a picture of how pupils make progress in these areas, each section starts with a reminder of the Framework’s model of progression in this substrand. However, a number of broader ideas are worth bearing in mind, for example:

  • using a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, you will probably want to explore the full repertoire of techniques and devices used by writers to develop viewpoint, voice and ideas
  • pupils can apply these techniques in their own writing with increased independence, consciously manipulating the reader’s response
  • you may also want to give more-able pupils the opportunities to experiment, build on ideas and follow their own interests.