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We are incredibly proud of our children and the progress that they make in writing at Westwood. From mark making in Nursery, through to writing narrative pieces in Year 2, our children are given lots of opportunities to write and embrace a variety of genres to ensure that their writing and vocabulary grows. At Westwood we follow the 'Talk for Writing' scheme of work which follows the scheme of imitation to innovation to independent application. The scheme scaffolds writing, enabling children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. Writing takes place throughout the curriculum on a daily basis and we work hard to develop a love of writing with our children. From accessing mark-making within the provision in Early Years to having our weekly ‘Writing Cafe’ in Key Stage 1, the children have lots of opportunities to write independently and for a particular purpose.

 

Progression in Writing

 

Nursery:

Children in Nursery are encouraged to mark make at every opportunity.  They take part in activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills in order to prepare them to write. Children mark make independently in all areas of the setting and are encouraged to develop their basic skills to prepare them to become writers as they progress through school.

 

Reception:

Writing is encouraged in all areas of provision within Reception. The children should now have the basic skills of a good pencil grip and will be beginning for form letters independently to write. Children will now begin to write for an audience, following the Talk for Writing model. They will be encouraged to write independently and will be beginning to form their letters correctly, using their phonetical knowledge to spell words.

 

Year 1

As children move into Year 1 there is an expectation that they can write some words correctly and the rest phonetically. They will now be beginning to write short sentences and sometimes will use capital letters and/or full stops to demarcate their writing. Children will not be expected to consistently spell correctly - as they progress with their phonics learning this will naturally come. Phonetic attempts at spelling are acceptable and should be encouraged in Year 1 - for example spelling 'you' as 'yoo' is a spelling often seen. Once the children begin to learn their 'Tricky Words' these spellings will correct themselves and they will begin to apply the correct spellings to their writing.

 

Year 2

As children approach the end of Key Stage 1, there is an expectation that they will now be 'uplevelling' their writing. The basic skills of punctuation should now be consistently present within a child's writing and they should now be concentrating more on vocabulary choices and writing for an audience. Within Year 2 children will write a wide variety of pieces, encompassing a wide range of genres such as letters, recounts, poetry and newspaper reports. These will give the children access to a huge wealth of literature and allow them read all manner of books to support and enhance their work. At this stage children should now be fine-tuning their phonetical knowledge and working on spelling choices rather than spelling phonetically. Their presentation and handwriting should also be of a high quality which should reflect their work.

 

Common Exception Words

 

These are words that Year 1 and Year 2 children are expected to be able to read and spell by the summer. Children work on these words throughout the school year and these are also included in our weekly spellings. 

 

 

 

 

Examples of writing 

Our Year 1 and Year 2 children working collaboratively to research facts ready to write a non-chronological report.

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