Each class will have a daily ‘Literacy’ lesson which helps to develop important writing skills. There are many different elements to these sessions and are usually taught through different genres of writing. Here are some of the things we practise on a regular basis:
Handwriting- The children are given handwriting sessions each week. These lessons focus on improving the pupil’s presentation skills. The school follows the ‘Penpals’ handwriting scheme.
Grammar and Punctuation- Classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 will have specific lessons based on teaching the correct use of grammar and punctuation. This can take many different forms but will concentrate on children writing grammatically-accurate sentences with various types of punctuation used correctly.
Talk for Writing- This is a style of teaching which emphasizes the role that talk has in building competent writers. We encourage children to share their ideas and ‘talk’ the sentence before committing it to paper. As well as this, pupils use ‘story maps’ to plan their writing and will often use actions when retelling stories. This helps them to remember specific vocabulary and use it correctly in their own writing.
‘Big Write’- In Key Stage 2, each class will work towards completing a ‘Big Write’. Every fortnight, pupils will be given the opportunity to plan, draft, edit and publish a piece of independent writing. This work is then used to help assess your child’s writing skills.
Spellings- Under the new National Curriculum, spelling is now more important than ever. Your child will have a variety of spelling strategies taught during each term and parents will be informed of their progress at the end of each term. Here is a copy of the recent parents’ workshop on how we will be teaching spellings at FCCE under the new curriculum: