We want all of our children to become successful and confident writers. From the beginnings of Nursery through to the end of Year 6, the children develop their writing skills through a wide range of purposeful and exciting activities and experiences. There are two aspects of writing, ‘transcription’ (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
At Ivingswood we use The Power of Reading curriculum planning for Reading and Writing which has been developed by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education). High quality texts form the central focus of English lessons and link to topic work whenever possible. Purposeful writing opportunities are planned across the curriculum which engage and encourage the children with their writing.
The children are also directly taught grammar and punctuation through targeted SPaG sessions, which link to the Writing objectives that the children are working towards in their wider English sessions.
The school has a handwriting policy centred on a cursive script. Physical development in the Nursery and Reception classes includes plenty of opportunity to develop eye-hand co-ordination and fine and gross muscle control which will in enable each child to be a successful writer. The children gain a wide range of experiences in the Early Years in order to learn the correct letter shapes and formation.
As the children move through the school they continue to build their handwriting skills and these become more refined. The children focus on learning shape and letter patterns in letter “families”.
Once the letters are being formed in the correct direction, children will be encouraged to consider placement on the lines (e.g. hanging ascenders below the line) and differentiation between upper and lower case letters. Once children are solidly demonstrating these skills, joined writing will be taught from Year 2 with the view to fluently joining letters. Children who join their writing well will be offered a handwriting pen to use, typically from Year 4.