Our writing lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and grammar and vocabulary. Writing is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions and as such, their vocabulary is developed systematically. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely. We use the Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics program.We develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use talk for writing to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences; on a fortnightly basis, Writer of the week is awarded to a child in each class whose work has reached or exceeded the expected standard. Handwriting sessions are incorporated into the English lessons. A range of extra activities are used to promote literacy within the school including theme days, forest school, off-site visits, World Book Day and author visits.
Link to the National Curriculum for writing in Key Stage One (Year 1 & 2)
Link to "Development Matters" curriculum framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS/Reception)