A major focus at Fleetdown is on grammatically accurate and fluent writing. Teachers model the writing and planning process through shared writing sessions where ideas are collected and developed. Children work in pairs or individually to write narrative and non-narrative texts. Grammar and punctuation are contextually taught within literacy. Objectives taught within literacy are used to develop writing across the curriculum. Word processing, combining text and graphics, is developed using computer programs such as Word and Publisher where possible. PASS card objectives taught within literacy are used to develop writing across the curriculum.
To further support the children in meeting the new spelling expectations of the National Curriculum, we now use an exciting online spelling program called Spellodrome in Key Stage 2. The programme brings National Curriculum word lists to life with an engaging array of activities, games and challenges- all of which can be used at home to boost your child's spelling. The children thoroughly enjoy completing spelling challenges and are motivated with credits and certificates which they can turn into trophies. If you have any questions regarding Spellodrome, please speak to your child's class teacher.
At the beginning of Reception, children learn their phonic sounds, and, as they learn to recognise letters and sounds, they learn to write them. Children are taught using the cursive handwriting style following the programme Letter-join. Initially, pre-cursive letters are taught but, once the pupils can form most lower case letters correctly with flicks, then they are taught to join. Cursive handwriting is being introduced in Reception and Year 1 this year and some of the resources can be found below.
Children in Years 2-6 are encouraged to use neat, legible, joined-up handwriting and this is modelled daily by the class teacher.
To help improve children’s attitude towards writing and their ability to proof-read their own written work, we have introduced weekly Big Writes. Each week, the children are given opportunities to write creatively at length and this is then marked in detail by the teacher or their peers on alternate weeks. Children have all been provided with their own red and green marking pens so that they feel like the teacher and really enjoy having the opportunity to ‘mark’ other children’s work. The children are encouraged to focus on specific aspects of the writing, taken from their PASS cards, and use the school’s marking policy to mark the work, just as their teacher would.
Purple Perfect Pens
To help children spot mistakes in their own work, we have also introduced ‘Purple Perfect Pens’ across the school. Each child has been given their own purple pen, that is used to edit and improve their work as they write. The pens are also helping to build the children’s learning power and improve their confidence as they are able to edit their own mistakes before their work is handed in. They are really excited about using the purple pens and look forward to using them to make their work even better!