Our approach to teaching Writing at Darton Primary School is through clear structured, daily Literacy lessons. Teachers use engaging texts, topics and first hand experiences to inspire their writing. Children have the opportunity to write for a range of different purposes and develop their understanding of different genres (see table below). In each lesson, the teaching of vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, speaking and listening objectives are interwoven so that children have the opportunity to learn these features in a context. All lessons build up to a Big Write at the end of the week (KS1) or fortnight (KS2). All children are given time to draft, edit and improve their written work using the C.I.A (Check, Improve, Add) approach, using feedback from teachers to support them.
At Darton Primary school the children are taught spelling through daily Read Write Inc lessons in Foundation and Year 1. From Year 1 to Year 6 the children are taught specific spelling rules taken directly from the National Curriculum Appendix 1.
Each year group has a spelling overview for the year which includes example words the children will learn.
At Darton Primary we have the highest expectations for children’s writing. All classes teach discreet handwriting sessions, both EYFS and KS1 have daily handwriting lessons and KS2 teach handwriting weekly. We focus on pencil grip, posture and formation to ensure that all children are able to write comfortably and correctly. All children are taught the Read, Write Inc letter rhymes to support their formation of individual letters.
Year Group Expectations
Children take part in activities to develop their fine and gross motor-skills and recognition of patterns, for example, to form letters using their index finger in sand or using paint. Children should begin to learn how to correctly hold a pencil. Then how to use a pencil, and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters most of which are correctly formed. They should be given the opportunities to develop their handwriting, using the pre cursive style, to their full potential at that age.
Key Stage 1
Children will continue to develop fine and gross motor-skills with a range of multi-sensory activities. Handwriting should be discussed within and linked to phonics sessions. Teachers and support staff continue to guide children on how to write letters correctly, using a comfortable and efficient pencil grip. Children should now be leaving spaces between words accurately. By the end of Key Stage 1 children should be able to write legibly, using upper and lower-case letters appropriately and correct spacing between words, using clear leading lines ready to join. By the end of Year 2, some children will make clear joins between their letters.
Key Stage 2
During this stage, children continue to have direct teaching and regular practice of handwriting if and when appropriate. We aim for them to develop a clear, fluent style and by the end of Year 6 be able to adapt their handwriting for the for different purposes, such as: a neat, legible hand for finished, presented work, a faster script for note making and the ability to print for labelling diagrams etc.