We teach Writing discretely, linking it to topic when there is a high quality text that we feel will enrich the children’s learning. We use tools such as Power of Reading and Talk for Writing to engage the children and scaffold and develop their writing skills. The Talk for Writing approach aims to create a love of language through games and drama, it also supports pupils with planning and structuring both fiction and non-fiction writing. Children are taught to use cursive handwriting from Year 2 and we all use a dyslexia friendly handwriting font that is on display in all classes.
In KS2 pupils follow Jane Considine’s ‘The Spelling book’ which uses a range of strategies, including continued focus on phonics, to help pupils develop their spelling skills and confidence. Grammar is taught weekly and learning is linked to the text type being taught.