We provide a rich variety of engaging, cross-curricular writing opportunities which are meaningful and relevant to the children. Writing is incorporated in all areas of our curriculum with an emphasis on writing for a real purpose.
Handwriting is taught across the school as a discrete subject enabling children to form letters correctly, join and be confident that their writing can be understood by others.
Writing in the Early Years starts with mark making. Emergent writing is valued and encouraged.
In the EYFS, mark making opportunities are provided across the curriculum, in the indoor and outdoor classroom.
All classes have a weekly extended writing workshop session where the process and mechanics of becoming a writer are explicitly taught. This writing is closely marked and next step targets fed back to the pupils. Children will then practice these next steps in their next piece of writing.
Pupils are taught phonics daily in YR and Y1 to support their writing. For more information about how we teach phonics click here. By the end of Y1 pupils should have confidently mastered phonics and be secure phonetic writers. From Y2 onwards pupils are taught spelling rules and spelling patterns and have a weekly spelling test. Spellings are tested in the context of a dictated sentence, which mirrors how they will be tested in Y6.
We teach Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling (GPS) across Key Stage 2 every day. Children are taught spelling and grammatical rules which they are then expected to apply in their writing across the curriculum. Each year has specific spellings (National Curriculum 2014) which they are taught in class. These lists are available here: Spelling Lists for Y1-Y6 to help you support your child at home.
Children in Year 2 take part in statutory assessments (SATs) for writing in May each year. These results are reported to the government and available in summary on our results page. In Year 6 children take part in statutory assessments for grammar, punctuation and spelling, along with teacher assessment of writing. These results are reported to the government and available on our results page.
How to help your child with writing at home
- Ensure you and your child have high expectations for their handwriting
- Help your child to form their letters correctly
- If they reverse letters or numbers help them to correct their work
- Check that your child is spelling known words correctly
- Support your child to complete their homework every week
- Make sure they punctuate their sentences accurately with capital letters, full stops and other types of punctuation
- Watch out for capital letters used incorrectly
Useful Websites for Writing
Topmarks Literacy pages
Primary Interactive English pages
Crickweb Literacy pages for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2