The teaching of writing at Roundthorn will ensure:

  • Children have secure basic skills in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Children will use a rich level of vocabulary.
  • Children will be able to proof-read and edit their own work.
  • Children will be able to change their writing to show they are aware of its purpose and audience.

Our curriculum will enable our pupils to use writing as a way to record and organise useful information, communicate their ideas and express their feelings. Writing will have clear links to the texts being studied to ensure a high level of challenge. Drama will also be included in the planning process to enhance children ability to demonstrate empathy and offer personal responses in their writing. It will include open ended tasks and opportunities for creative responses. Children will also have opportunities to write for real life audiences and purposes.

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’.  We use the ‘Penpals’ programme throughout the academy to help pupils to develop a fluent and legible handwriting style

Spelling is taught through phonics in EYFS and Y1 and then in discrete spelling lessons from Year 2 onwards.