Handwriting is taught once a week and the children are awarded with a ‘Pen licence’ in KS1 and KS2 when their handwriting is consistently neat and correctly formed in their learning across the curriculum.
Spelling and Phonics
Children in EYFS and Year 1 follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ framework which teaches children to read and spell using graphemes. Children are taught through the use of games, rhymes and songs, using a range of resources.
The whole school are given spellings to learn weekly. In KS1 and KS2, spellings are taught on a Wednesday morning when they are first given out. Each morning thereafter, the children practise their spellings as part of early morning learning.
Alongside practising spellings within lessons and early morning learning, each child from Year 2 - 6 has a personal login to https://spellingframe.co.uk/ where they are able to see their assigned spellings for the week. They can choose to play spellings games, complete practice interactively and then test themselves where the results are then sent back to the teacher. We believe this is a great way to engage the children with their spellings – it is enjoyable and allows the children to take ownership of their learning and track their own progress.
Spellings are taken from the National Curriculum and are either: age-appropriate common exception words or words that fit a specific spelling pattern
In the spring term of each year, the school holds the annual spelling bee competition. This has been a huge success over the years.
The teaching of grammar is embedded within our English and writing lessons throughout the week. At the beginning of each week, the children are taught new grammar skills and are given opportunities to practise these.
Each Thursday, the children have an opportunity to write an extended piece of writing. The children’s writing varies from week to week and is inspired by the class text being used. Writing includes nonfiction and fiction opportunities.
We strongly believe that children are much more motivated when they have a purpose for writing and when they know that their writing is important and valued. We have recently started a long-term project involving the children becoming authors and having the opportunity to be published writers. In the autumn term, we completed a whole school writing project where the children explored and worked on the book ‘Coming Home’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children used the story as a basis for their own writing. After writing their stories, the children typed up and edited their stories. We are now waiting for our published book to arrive in the post!