We aim to develop the children’s ability to produce well structured, detailed writing in which the meaning is made clear, and which engages the interest of the reader. Our approach to teaching writing is a Talk for Writing approach, which we have organised in to a three-week basis. During the first week (innovation week), the children will learn and retell a high-quality text that has been carefully chosen by their teacher. They complete a variety of activities during the innovation stage including a prediction, hot-seating, imitation games and reading as a writer. During the second week (innovation week), the children and the teacher use the original story as a basis to write their own by changing key parts such as characters and settings, but keeping the plot the same. Teachers model writing skills and the use of spelling, grammar and punctuation in shared writing during innovation week. In the final week (invention week) children independently write their own text, using ideas from the original text to help them scaffold their new narrative.
In Early Years, there is a big emphasis upon fine motor skills, and we use a range of resources to practise these basic skills. This moves into correct letter formation with a focus on both upper and lower case letters. When children start KS1, children move to pre-cursive handwriting, where they are taught the pre-cursive ascenders and descenders and the diagonal and horizontal lines used to join letters. In KS2, children move to cursive handwriting, where they are encouraged to join their writing, continuing to use the correct ascenders and descenders. Teachers will model their year group’s expected handwriting style when recording on the board, on displays around the classroom and when writing in children’s books.