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.
This term we have introduced 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 animal classification. Pupils wrote a comparative piece to explore the question 'Why is a whale not a fish?'
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.
We celebrate pupils writing through our classroom and school displays.
Through this terms topic ‘Julia Donaldson’, children have been working remotely and in school bubbles to produce poetry in the style of Julia Donaldson.
In the Summer term we look forward to learning about our town in the topic 'On our doorstep'. We are excited to take part in our WOW team building events. The event will launch our new topic and we will explore what our town has to offer in themed team challenges.