Literacy is at the heart of everything we teach. We aim to enthuse and inspire our children to become confident at communicating. We want them to develop enjoyment, in both written and spoken word.
The importance of writing
Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. Like all things worth learning how to do, learning to write is a process. We help children to develop their skills by understanding where they are in their development and encouraging them. Reading and talk are important in leading to writing and we include these in our daily lessons. By learning to write children can communicate with others. Our curriculum develops writing skills which enable children to adapt and interest readers in different contexts.
Writing at Seaford Primary School
We link writing with both our Learning Adventures and with key texts. Talk, role-play and reading all link to writing. Literacy plans show progression through the Writer’s Toolkit:
- trying out
- editing and reviewing
Children use these steps to build towards both short and extended pieces of writing.
Children in the Early Years are stimulated to mark-make in a variety of creative contexts. They apply age appropriate key skills (e.g finger spacing, phonic knowledge). In KS1 we continue to use quality books to stimulate high quality, well-modelled writing. Children learn to proof-read and edit their work. This then continues into KS2.
We teach children cursive writing (starting with leads in and out in Y1) to encourage fluency of script. Writing has a high profile across the school. We give rewards each term to Writing Champions. Throughout KS1 and 2, we develop extended, purposeful writing. We encourage creativity alongside teaching skills with rigour. All children ‘Drop Everything and Write’ in their writing journal every other week.
What our children say about writing
“Writing in our school is good because we write about our learning adventures.”
Isla, Year 5
“Finding ideas for writing is easy in our school. My joined up writing is good because we practice.”
Ellis, Year 2