We want our children to become confident, creative writers with a secure grasp of the technical skills and a real enthusiasm to record their ideas and experiences.
Writing is taught from YR onwards on a daily basis. In the early years, children are encouraged to try mark-making in a variety of purposeful contexts, such as role play, they are also taught systematic letter formation in discrete sessions during the week.
Handwriting lessons continue in Years 1-6, where pupils practise a cursive script. The pupils are taught a range of writing by examining models of high quality texts and practising the specific component skills, before writing a complete and original piece. Where possible writing is linked to cross-curricular learning and realistic contexts. For example, the pupils might write prayers for the Mothering Sunday service, contribute a report to the school’s newsletter, create a new chapter to a favourite adventure story or record instructions about how to make buns for the class café they are organising.
Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught systematically in discrete lessons and the skills applied in the children’s writing across all subject areas.