There are many different aspects to writing well: writing for a range of purposes and audiences, vocabulary choices which are both ambitious and suitable to the type of writing alongside the technical aspects of spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting.
Below is some further information about how some of these different aspects are taught at our school.
In September 2020, we introduced the Write Stuff approach by Jane Considine across the school. As part of this, we are using the Writing Rainbow which consists of different lenses each focusing on a different technical aspect of writing. The lenses are used in the initial teaching introduction and modelling part of the lesson. Pupils can then use these lenses when planning and writing for themselves.
In the National Curriculum it is stated:
"Most people read words more accurately than they spell them.
The younger pupils are, the truer this is. By the end of year 1, pupils should be able to read a large number of different words containing the GPCs that they have learnt, whether or not they have seen these words before. Spelling, however, is a very different matter. Once pupils have learnt more than one way of spelling particular sounds, choosing the right letter or letters depends on their either having made a conscious effort to learn the words or having absorbed them less consciously through their reading. Younger pupils have not had enough time to learn or absorb the accurate spelling of all the words that they may want to write."
Alongside spelling patterns which must be taught, there are lists of common exception words - these are words which pupils use frequently in their writing and therefore it it is important for them to learn the correct spelling.
Later in the National Curriculum appendix for spelling, there are statutory word-lists for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. The National Curriculum explains that "The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Some of the listed words may be thought of as quite challenging, but the 100 words in each list can easily be taught within the four years of key stage 2 alongside other words that teachers consider appropriate."
We teach handwriting in a graduated approach throughout the school.
Children in the Early Years begin by learning about lowercase letters in their printed form.
In Year 1, they move on to writing lower case letters in pre cursive form.
From Year 2 onwards, they learn to use a joined cursive writing style and by Year 6 it is expected that children can maintain legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed.
Examples of the letter formats are here for each stage: