Making sure our writing improves is a key priority for us at Morley Victoria. We would really like to promote a love of reading and writing in all of our children. This starts in our foundation stage where the children begin to ‘mark-make’ and then start to form their letters. We encourage writing in many areas of provision in foundation stage and always celebrate great writing. In Key Stage One the children use ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to scaffold their approach to writing, the children become very good at retelling stories, designing visual clues and using these to help them produce great writing. As the children get older and enter Key Stage Two we experiment with different ways to plan a piece of work. Each piece of work is meaningful and has a real sense of purpose. Many of the writing tasks are then made into published pieces such as a class book for the book corner. Writing throughout school is celebrated by class teachers, in assembly and even with a visit the Headteacher.
Becoming good at handwriting is such an important life skill and one that we must ensure our children are successful at. We teach handwriting regularly and begin with letter formation then quickly move onto joining when the children start to learn and write the digraphs. We have our own way of teaching handwriting with key terminology which makes this a common language across the school. In year 3 or 4 the children have the opportunity to gain a pen license if they are showing fluently joined handwriting.
Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) is also a key element in writing. Again these elements are taught through the writing process, particularly the grammar and punctuation. Below are some booklets that have been given out at parents evening to help and support you and your child with the grammar terminology expectations in each year group. At the upper end of key stage two we use Alan Pete’s sentence types to improve our writing. All of the children in key stage two also have a green pen with which they can edit their own and others work. Spelling rules are taught weekly, the children are then given some spellings to learn linked to the rules they are focussing on that week. They then have the opportunity to learn them in their own way with their preferred strategies at home in their spelling journal. Ideas about how to practise spellings are also discussed in class each week.