Writing sessions are taught daily, for an hour in Key Stage 1. Writing is often, although not exclusively, based around the topic for that term/half term and quality core texts are chosen that link to the theme. As well as writing inspiration, the chosen text provides a wealth of reading, drama, speaking and listening opportunities. Writing opportunities are also closely linked to first hand experiences such as visits, visitors, celebrations and events. All aspects of writing, transcription and composition are taught through Read, Write Inc, SPAG and writing lessons.
Within a lesson, the teacher will build up the writing with the children through a modelled or shared piece of writing. A differentiated ‘writers toolkit’ is provided for the children to enable them to access the scaffolds they need to write confidently and with accuracy.
Handwriting is taught explicitly three times a week and there are high expectations for handwriting and presentation in childrens books .
Spelling is taught as part of Read, Write, Inc. and SPAG and specific spelling rules are taught in Key Stage 1 culminating in a weekly spelling test.