Writing begins with the very foundations in our Nursery and Reception classes. Here, children develop their motor skills from big movements with their arms to smaller movements with their fingers to increase strength and control. Children are then able to grip and use writing implements to begin mark making.
From here, children begin to use their increasing phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They begin to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
In key stage 1, the process continues with the children using their phonic knowledge to write sentences as well as develop their understanding of the features of a variety of text types. We use books to model how authors write in these genres and then build on the children’s skills through shared and guided writing sessions.
Children write a cold and hot task for each text type they study. Cold being before the teaching of the unit, hot being after the unit has been taught in order to show progress made.
Key stage 2 use Power Writing.
Power English: Writing is a new, dynamic KS2 writing approach, which is genre-focused and encourages children to develop writing using their own interests and ideas.
Using an evidence-based process which can be applied to all writing, Power English places a strong emphasis on creativity alongside the technical aspects of writing.
Power English: Writing is a structured writing approach which follows a proven pedagogical cycle. It covers Key Stage 2, and includes materials to produce at least nine class writing projects per year. Similar to KS1, children write a cold and hot task for each unit of work.
Classes have regular shared and guided writing sessions as well as sessions devoted to SPaG skills to use within their writing.