At St Giles’ C of E Primary School, we recognise the importance of writing throughout the curriculum and as a life skill. Children are given every opportunity to develop technical writing skills and to then apply this learning to a range of styles, purposes and audiences. Units are planned around quality texts so that children are exposed to a range of genres including fiction, non- fiction and poetry. Children continually evaluate and improve their own work and understand their next steps for learning. Clear learning objectives with success criteria enable children to recognise the steps they need to make progress in their writing.
Children are taught handwriting through the Penpals programme, and joining is encouraged as soon as letters are formed correctly. Children take pride in their books and work is well presented.
We use Letters and Sounds from Reception to Year Two to teach phonics in our school. Children have access to word mats containing alternative spelling patterns and Common Exception Words, which they use to aid them in their writing. In Key Stage One and Two, children take part in weekly spelling tests, which they practise throughout the week when they come into school. Children are encouraged to use our online programme ‘Spelling Shed’ to make their spelling practice more enjoyable.
Please find further information below in our whole school progression documents for Writing.