Writing begins in Early Years with mark making and the fine motor skills necessary for forming letters
are developed from the start through activities such as ‘dough disco’ and ‘boogie beebies’. There are also shared writing groups and adult-led writing sessions. We use the ‘Penpals’ programme throughout the academy to help pupils to develop a fluent and legible handwriting style. Quality texts and a range of speaking and drama activities are used to support the reading into writing process, with grammar and punctuation skills taught as part of this process. Spelling is taught through phonics to begin with and then in discrete spelling lessons from Year 2 onwards. Children are taught to write a range of fiction and non-fiction and they apply their writing skills across all areas of the curriculum.