Writing at Clowne Infant and Nursery School
At Clowne Infant and Nursery School we aim for children to communicate through writing and become independent writers. We teach writing skills in specific ways throughout our curriculum, along a progression of skills. We see writing as cross-curricular with strong links to reading and speaking and listening as well as all other subject areas and aim to give our children as many exciting experiences, purposes and opportunities to write as possible so they see writing as part of everyday life and enjoy writing.
How do we teach writing?
In Foundation Stage one (FS1/nursery) and Foundation Stage two (FS2/reception) writing is currently taught following the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 2017 and to support the implementation of this teachers also use the non- statutory guidance Development Matters 2012.
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In Key Stage one (year 1 and year 2) writing is taught following the National Curriculum for English.
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Writing has two key elements which are transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (saying ideas and then structuring them into speech and writing). We teach transcription through phonic based letters and sounds lessons, spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting and provide opportunities to practice these skills throughout other areas of the curriculum. See our phonics web page to find out what phonics is and how we teach this.We teach composition skills through role play, a wealth of activities we provide for children to experience, speaking and listening and vocabulary development, class discussions, listening to stories, guided reading, specific topic writing lessons, and throughout all areas of the curriculum.
Foundation Stages 1 and 2 (nursery and reception)
In the foundation stage activities planned to support the development of pupils writing are contained within literacy, communication and language and physical development.
In nursery topics are planned around the children’s interests and a wide range of pre-writing (including spoken language) and mark making activities are on offer as part of the rich continuous provision for children to independently explore daily. Teachers and teaching assistants observe and interact with children during their self-initiated activities to develop and accelerate their language and writing skills. Children are encouraged during small group adult-led letters and sound sessions to first hear and say and afterwards write letter shapes for sounds they have been learning. Children who are ready are encouraged to recognise and begin to write the letter sounds in their name.
Reception have a wide range of writing activities planned as part of the rich continuous provision for children to explore daily during exploring time when children engage in self-initiated activities and teachers and teaching assistants observe and interact with children to develop their writing skills. Specific writing areas are set up to encourage and motivate children to write. Reception children take part in adult–led dough disco sessions to strengthen and develop children’s finger and hand muscles in preparation for writing. Reception children have a daily letters and sounds lesson in which children practice hearing, reading and writing letter sounds.Reception children have focused writing sessions most weeks in which they can practice skills learnt in a small adult-led group. The writing focus for each writing session is based on the reception curriculum topics to give children a clear purpose for their writing. Children in reception have adult-led communication and language and physical development focused tasks which also develop writing skills. See our curriculum page for more information about specific topics in reception.
Key Stage one (KS1) – year 1 and year 2
Writing in KS1 is taught though daily letters and sounds sessions in which children learn to use phonics to write sounds, words, captions and sentences as well as learning handwriting, punctuation, spelling, grammar and English vocabulary. Children in years 1 and 2 have writing lessons following our topic focus each term to give children a purpose for their writing. See our curriculum web page and year 1 and 2 web pages for curriculum topic plans. We cover a wide variety of writing genre in KS1 including writing, lists, recipes and instructions, character descriptions, stories, non-fiction, reports, recounts, reviews, postcards or letters, poems. We also write throughout other curriculum subject areas to explain our ideas, thinking, knowledge and learning.
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