A rich variety of books and films are used as a stimulus for writing. Each term, a quality text or author is the focus for a planned unit of English teaching and language study, providing a model for children’s independent writing. The writing process is also modelled by the teacher and explored during shared writing activities. Children are given frequent opportunities to write independently for a range of creative purposes.
Teachers’ marking helps children identify the strengths and areas for development in their independent writing. Lesson success criteria and personal targets signpost the steps children need to take to make progress.
Enrichment programmes are planned to provide additional challenge for gifted writers.
Children are taught cursive handwriting, building on the writing style taught in St Stephen’s Infant School. (Children who join the school with a different but equally acceptable style of writing are not expected to change.)
Our aim is for children to develop a writing style that is legible, fluent and fast. Children “graduate” from pencil to a handwriting pen, once they are secure in forming letters correctly; there is an expectation that all children will have graduated to pen by the end of Year 4.
Left-handed children are identified and supported; for example, by ensuring that they sit on the left of right-handed children and tilt their page clockwise.