At CCI we aim to provide opportunities for children to learn to write that both excite and motivate them. We are keen to ensure that all children develop as enthusiastic, independent writers confident to move onto our partner junior school with the tools they need to become fluent, passionate writers. Children come into our infant school developing both their large and fine motor control and with a wide range of experiences of the world before school. We are keen to use their interests, play inside and out and also structured sessions to develop their writing skills.
What does writing look like at CCI?
Using a topic based approach encourages lots of writing at our school. Each term we choose high quality texts to base our writing on that support our topic, providing variety and interest in the writing opportunities that are provided.
|Phonics||Phonics is taught each day - This is an opportunity for children to practise phoneme / grapheme correspondence, learn new sounds and revisit and use those sound they have already learnt.|
|Writing Sessions||Children have the opportunity to work alongside adults in their class each week to practise writing skills – building sentences and employing their phonic skills to build words as they write.|
|Modelled Writing||Adults in EYFS model how to write from left to write and how to form letters with the children though both phonics and writing sessions.|
|Continuous Provision||Children have a range of writing tools (pencils, chalk, whiteboards and pens, sand to write in) both inside and outside their classrooms, giving them the opportunity to use their developing writing skills as they play. For example – playing in the role play area and writing shopping lists or ingredients for a recipe. There are opportunities to build models and label them.|
|Write dance||Children develop their large and fine motor skills though this program of movement which supports the correct movements for writing – children enjoy write dance once a week in a large space such as the hall.|
|Phonics and handwriting||Phonics is taught each day – This is an opportunity to build on the skill learnt in EYFS. Revisiting sounds and also introducing further sounds. Children are taught that there are alternative ways of making some sounds and how these are represented in words. Children are encouraged to practise their cursive letter formation and to join digraphs, helping them develop some joined writing.|
|Writing Sessions||Children are encouraged to write each day, with the support of an adult initially and becoming more independent as the year goes on. They are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes – keeping the writing meaningful and engaging. Children are encouraged to make story maps to support their understanding of writing stories.|
|Modelled Writing||Adults in Year 1 model how to write more complex sentences, including accurate punctuation as children develop as more confident writers.|
|Independent writing opportunities||Children are encouraged to ‘have a go’ at writing independently through activities that are topic based and often tied in with our topic based text.|
|Creative writing||Children all have a creative writing book in which they are able to write about anything that they choose! We learn so much from their interesting writing – football facts, team news or stories that are so imaginative!|
|SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and handwriting||SPaG is taught each day and these skill sessions feed into writing session when children can use the skills they have been learning. These session include learning about prefixes, suffixes and punctuation patterns. Children are encouraged to develop their joined handwriting style with correct formation of each letter increasing the flow.|
Children are encouraged to write each day, they are becoming more independent writers and write as a whole class. The children are motivated to write by our shared text that they learn inside out - using story maps and drama.
Adults in Year 2 model how to write more complex pieces, including paragraphs and a variety of punctuation to create interesting writing that will engage an audience.
Year 2 children also have creative writing books, where they can express themselves and write freely. These books are not marked by a teachers and so can be a real expression of their own ideas and learning.
Writing progress is monitored each writing session as teachers support and provide next step feedback to children as they are writing.
Termly assessment ensures that children are all developing their skills steadily and provides feedback about any gaps that need additional provision to fill. Children are all encouraged to choose their own level of challenge in writing and termly reviews allow teachers to also stretch learners to reach their full potential.
As a school we moderate writing across year groups, across the school and with other schools in our hub, ensuring our assessment is both accurate and fair.