Children begin their journey as writers as part of our Read write Inc Phonics groups where weekly writing sessions help build children's confidence and ability in using their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Pupils practice forming the letters which represent the sounds they are learning. They write simple words and sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible. As children develop their writing skills they are able to write sentences by:
Saying out loud what they are going to write about.
Composing a sentence orally before writing it.
Sequencing sentences to form short narratives.
Re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense...
They develop skills such as leaving spaces between words, using joining words and clauses using ‘and’ and also begin to punctuate sentences using a capital letter, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
For children who access our Literacy and Language programme, high quality writing is nurtured through extensive modelling of the writing process developing ideas and skeleton planning through to sentence and paragraph building.
As part of the process, we routinely develop more ambitious vocabulary, pick apart how grammar supports our making sense, and explore ways to engage our audiences through layout and style. We use these skills to achieve our key writing purposes which are explicit from the outset of each unit we teach and then compare our final product against those expectations.
We know that if we expect children to be able to write confidently and clearly for a range of purposes, then children need to be able to speak confidently and clearly too. With this in mind, our teaching creates many opportunities for children to practice those speaking and listening skills which are so vital. This allows them to form and clarify ideas orally before they commit them to paper through writing.
For more information, see the RWI page to see how the programme supports the school in delivering the National Curriculum aims.