Children learn how to write for a variety of purposes and audiences and in a range of styles. The same high expectations of writing outcomes are applied to writing across the curriculum.
The children are taught both Transcription and Composition including a focus on spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Teaching strategies include analysing texts to identify successful writing in different genres, editing and improving first drafts, applying discreetly taught grammar to create impact for the reader. Marking and feedback reflects the high expectation on spelling and punctuation. Children are taught to apply the spellings and punctuation they have been learning to all their written work.
Children from Nursery and through Y1 follow the Letters and Sounds programme to link the learning of spellings with phonics. We use the No Nonsense Spelling Scheme from Year 2 to Year 6 NNS Spelling pathway
It is important that children are taught how to hold a pencil correctly and use it to form letters and digits correctly during the Early Years. This teaching is supported by an agreed Handwriting Patter which is also shared with parents. The teaching of handwriting is supported by the Collins scheme which teaches a continuous cursive script. This is introduced when children have mastered letter formation, usually in Year 1 and it supports children learning to produce a legible, fluent and fast hand.