How a school in Norfolk is dramatically improving writing skills

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Langham Primary School has been using the digital writing website nightzookeeper.com, for the past three years, with some amazing results.

“22% of the students made a year’s worth of progress in just one term. One child made incredible progress during that term – 6 points!”

Emma Cotton, Class 3 teacher, gives her feedback on the impact of using nightzookeeper.com in the classroom:

“I had heard about Night Zookeeper at the Norfolk ICT Conference a few years ago and thought it looked like an exciting idea, although wondered how I would fit it into a busy curriculum commitment. During the month of March, my class participated in World Creative Writing Month, and what a competition it turned out to be!*

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"It uses core curriculum objectives for writing including spelling, writing composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation with space to leave personalised comments for the children. Marking and assessing writing is so much easier."

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"If you take the whole of Year 4, 5 and 6 into account then 22% of the students made a year’s worth of progress in just one term. One child made incredible progress during that term – 6 points!"

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Overall, 50% of the students made well above expected levels of progress in writing as a result of their involvement and enthusiasm for Night Zookeeper.

The known audience for writing helped to give focus, plus importantly the various elements of competition involved in motivating the children to write, and write well!”

What the students say:

“It has been a great experience for me and has really helped boost my writing.”

- Charlotte, Year 6

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To find out how your whole school can be inspired to improve their writing skills, please get in touch at [email protected], or try it for yourself at https://www.nightzookeeper.com

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