As with reading, the alphabetic code is embedded first so the children can write simple consonant-vowel-consonant words early on, and then build on this success. Our children write every day, first rehearsing what they want to say orally, then composing their writing sentence by sentence, to build independence. Children are encouraged to write at the level of their spelling and phonetic knowledge, and to use their developing knowledge of the alphabetic code and the 'tricky' words they have learnt. Our children can use adventurous vocabulary in their writing because they have encountered such language in their reading and they have discussed the meaning of these words.
Grammar, vocabulary and spellings are taught in both weekly discrete sessions and are also carefully integrated into English lessons, where our children learn how to use and apply these skills.
Our writing tasks are based on our shared class texts, which provide the children with a clear audience and purpose for their writing. Cross-curricular writing opportunities are encouraged and developed to promote the wide range of genres where our children can apply their skills.
Across Key stage 2, writing sessions teach children how to use and apply a wide range of grammar skills and stylistic devices in a clearly structured approach, which is guided by the principles of the 'The Write Way' developed by the educational consultant Jane Considine.
Information evenings are held for parents, to further explain elements of writing: