Stories and texts linked to the termly topics are used as a stimuli for pupil’s writing. Within each text, opportunities to develop vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught, alongside different genres. Through signs for stories and story maps, pupils are encouraged to sequence stories and develop their language to aid their writing. Story telling is a taught from Reception onwards with new signs and vocabulary introduced within each year group.
We use Colourful Semantics to support pupils sentence structure. Colourful Semantics uses a system of signs and picture cards to explore sentence structure. Moving from verbally constructing sentences, to pictorially and finally creating written sentences.
Our writing opportunities which are linked to real life experiences are planned through our termly topics, for example this term we have been learning about our town. Pupils will write a letter to the council asking for more green spaces.
Teaching the correct letter formation starts in Nursery and continues through out Reception Classes, so that pupils are ready to join letters in Key Stage One using the basic Charles Script style, which is followed throughout the school. Handwriting is taught daily and pupils use a separate Handwriting Book to encourage them to take pride in their work and presentation.
Through this terms topic ‘On Our Doorstep’, we have been writing about our favourite places in Luton. We launched our topic with a WOW event. Pupils explored what our town has to offer in themed team challenges. We celebrate pupils writing through our classroom and school displays.