Writing begins with the very foundations in our Nursery and Reception classes. Here, children develop their motor skills. This ranges 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 that 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.
In Key stage 2, children build on the skills they previously gained and are able to explore genres to a much deeper level. Children study text types closely and are taught to deconstruct features in order to create their own examples.
For each text type studied, children write a ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ piece. Cold being before the teaching of the unit, hot being after the unit has been taught in order to show progress made.