At NES we aim to provide children with the best possible experience when learning to write. We encourage our teachers to develop their own expertise and confidence as teachers of writing. Subsequently, this supports our children to become enthusiastic and effective writers who will retain a lifelong enjoyment of writing.
EYFS and Key Stage 1 writing is a skill children have to learn gradually. They begin their journey by making marks and creating patterns with a range of different materials. They may begin with large crayons making circular and straight lines- an important step in learning to write. The marks children make begin to have more meaning for children as they develop a blend of writing and drawing.
Children begin to write their first words and often their name- a wonderful breakthrough in the writing journey. Children then begin to make the connection between reading and writing and letter shapes have more meaning for them. We support the children by developing a passion for reading alongside a structured phonics programme, Read Write INC. Patience and support is the key for all the children on their reading and writing journey.
Talk for Writing
Here at NEPS we also use the Pie Corbett Talk For Writing approach to support the children’s creative approach to writing. This approach uses storytelling and rhyme to motivate children to independently create their own stories and develop language skills. This also links with our KS2 approach ‘The Art of Writing’.
Art of Teaching Writing
Writing activities, which enable children to respond to the core texts, occur throughout units so that children can write in-role, ask questions of characters or explore vocabulary or inference, which provides them with opportunities to improve their comprehension skills with a text that they exploring in depth.
Children are provided with speaking and listening and drama activities so they can rehearse using the key language and sentence features of the text orally. These activities are also designed to deepen their understanding of the text before children embark on their own writing. An experienced writer knows how to show rather than tell.
To further enrich children’s writing a continuum of Alan Peat’s ‘Exciting Sentences’ is taught across Key Stage 1 and 2.
At NES, we believe it is important to support children to develop neat, joined and consistent handwriting. We want to help children with layout, presentation and the way they organise themselves on paper. If success is achieved here, they have pride in their written work, tend to be better at spelling and are more motivated to write. Handwriting and good presentation have a high focus in our school.
Teaching staff have consistently high expectations of handwriting and presentation across all subjects and encourage children to apply handwriting skills taught across the curriculum.