Children are encouraged to express themselves by writing in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences. We will develop children’s creativity, imagination, vocabulary, spelling and handwriting through the teaching of writing. We will do this through modelling good practice, using good examples and setting writing targets to aid self-improvement. We give each child the opportunity to discuss and assess their own writing and the work of others. Termly, the whole school takes part in ‘The Writing Challenge’ which is an opportunity for a ‘cold write’ on a theme or genre so that the teachers can analyse progress and this can inform future planning and areas to focus on. Handwriting is a skill which can only be improved by constant practice. We have regular handwriting practice sessions and use the Penpals Scheme. Please see the website – Messages for Parents from Penpals: https://www.cambridge.org/files/7314/9020/2522/PfH_Messages_for_Parents_combined.pdf
We support the development of this skill across the writing opportunities provided by the curriculum.