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Writing

In Reception, children are encouraged to develop their emergent writing through mark-making. Letter formation is practised on a regular basis. Children are taught how to form a pencil grip. There are many opportunities through play to practise their writing.

In KeyStage One, children are taught to develop precursive writing, leading into cursive writing. The spelling of high frequency words is learnt in school, and tested on a regular basis. Children are encouraged to use these correctly in their written work. Children start by orally rehearsing sentences, writing them and reading them back. Talk for Writing is used as an approach to aid this. Children are also taught basic punctuation and grammatical structures. Throughout the year, children will produce a best piece of writing linked to their topic.

In Keystage Two, children are expected to join their handwriting. Spelling rules and strategies build upon children’s phonic knowledge. Children are tested regularly on their spellings through dictations and tests. A range of genres are modelled through Talk for Writing and other approaches. Children are given opportunities to write for a range of purposes. Grammar and punctuation are specifically taught and expected to be demonstrated in their writing. Throughout the year, children will produce a best piece of writing linked to their topic, which they have edited independently.

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