Writing in Early Years
Within the Early Years setting, children are encouraged from the start to begin making marks on paper. ‘Funky Fingers’ activities encourage the development of fine motor skills and our use of ‘Write Dance’, an approach that uses drama and music, motivates and encourages children to write. Children are encouraged to attempt independent emergent writing and their efforts are valued and praised. They are given opportunities to write independently and are encouraged to do so often, they are also supported in small groups and individually where necessary.
Writing in Key Stages 1 and 2
We have developed the progression documents below to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum:
Texts, videos and pictures for narrative units are carefully chosen to inspire children’s writing and to enable them to acquire a rich and varied vocabulary.
Example of writing from a Year 2 narrative unit.
Non-narrative writing is based on the current topic to give context to the writing and to re-enforce knowledge.
Example of writing from a Year 5 non-narrative unit.
Spelling is taught both explicitly and in context, following the St Luke's Letters and Sounds programme in EYFS - Year 1 and the Spelling Shed scheme in Year 2 - Year 6.
Handwriting is taught both discretely and as an embedded skill.
Formative assessment is carried out continuously and children are given feedback to move their learning forward. Summative assessments are made termly based on children’s independent writing and judgements are moderated across phases.
Assessments are used to inform planning and to identify children who need extra support to address any gaps in learning or need further challenge.