Writing

 

 Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

 

We provide opportunities for our learners to write freely and creatively and to write at length, for a variety of audiences and purposes. A regular 'Cold Write', followed by specific learning, tailored to meet the needs of the class, with a later 'Hot Write' is a popular addition to the week in Year 1 and 2 and is a clear way to show progress and what the children have learned.  We have also been making use of the CLPE 'Power of Reading' resources to add further interest and excitement to our writing and over the past two years we have had two of the authors of books we use in Year 1 and Year 2 come to visit our school to lead writing workshops!  

 

The school continues to use a handwriting scheme of work called Penpals to improve handwriting across the school.  This is carried out consistently in every class across the school each week.

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Written work is displayed throughout the school, so that others may appreciate it and the children realise that it is valued, particularly writing that the children have chosen to complete themselves outside of school!

Because of this, the children are also inspired to produce work of a high standard, often choosing to draft and correct it before it is “published”.  We have been using Pobble to publish children's work in the past, where parents can make comments on their children's writing, however it is likely that we will be ceasing this in light of our (Covid 19 driven) increased use of Google Classroom to promote, publish and celebrate children's learning.  

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The children experience writing in different forms, for example, letters, lists, reports, poems, instructions, captions, accounts and stones. To enable children to write confidently and independently they are taught spelling patterns, simple grammar, punctuation and how to structure their writing.  Reading and writing skills are reinforced across the curriculum and enhanced by the use of IT.