writing

  • Handwriting - We believe good handwriting is the result of regular, focused and high quality teaching sessions combined with consistent high expectations across all writing. Our research shows that good handwriting supports children to be better spellers and to enable them to write with a better sentence flow. 

  • From Year 1 children are taught a cursive form of handwriting and children are encouraged to join their handwriting when they are ready to. This is usually in Year 2. 

  • Children use a pencil to write with, except in Year 5 and 6 where they use handwriting pens 

  • Talk 4 Writing - The school has developed a ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach to many aspects of teaching writing.  This supports children to internalise a ‘living library’ of high quality texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) which they can draw upon in their own writing.  The teaching sequence follows a pattern of; imitation where children learn a text, are immersed in it through role play, music, and concrete experiences, and engage with the written text on the page; innovation where children are supported to develop their own version of the text using carefully scaffolded innovations; and invention where children utilise all of their experience of our broad and rich language curriculum to invent their own texts. Each year group has their own Writing Checklist which highlights the prior and current writing expectations. 

  • Grammar and punctuation – Grammar and punctuation are taught regularly and consistently from Early Years to Y6. Current expectations (linked to the year group writing checklist) are modelled in the year group’s high quality model texts. Children are supported in their learning of grammar and punctuation using differentiation as appropriate. 

  • Children are encouraged and supported to take ownership of their own learning by offering them focused next steps for their writing.  With support, they identify areas for improvement and work to demonstrate these in all of their writing. 

  • Children are taught a variety of genres of writing which are re-visited and built upon during the school year and through the key stages.