Pupils start mark making from an early age with our Early Years developing the gross and fine-motor skills needed for pen control through fine motor workshops. In Reception and Key Stage 1, pupils learn letter formation alongside letter sounds through the Read, Write Inc programme and start forming words and short sentences.
In both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, pupils are expected to produce an extended piece of writing based on the genre they are focusing on in each unit. Across the course of the year, children will be exposed to and write both non-fiction and fictional texts. Writing genres are linked to curricular topics such as history, geography and science enriched by Guided Reading and class books.
We believe that developing a handwriting style we can be proud of, is an important life skill worth securing early on. All pupils receive 15 minutes of handwriting practice each day. Progression starts with securing correct letter formation, moving to a pre-cursive style before moving on to fluent joining. Following three basic principles: starting all letters from the bottom, keeping our pen/pencil on the page but not joining capital letters, children develop a fluid, cursive style. Children can earn their pen license once they can demonstrate accuracy and consistency in joining.
Using a ‘backward planning’ model, teachers create a WAGOLL (What a good one looks like) that is shared with children. This exemplifies the piece of writing children are working towards. Lessons are sequenced enabling new skills to be taught and practiced, or re-visited and consolidated. Opportunities are planned into lesson sequences for children to provide peer feedback, and for children to use that feedback to improve their writing. Opportunities are planned into lesson sequences for children to respond to the teacher’s feed back and use it to re-draft and improve their writing pieces.