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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. 


Our writing opportunities which are linked to real life experiences are planned through our termly topics. This term our first text is 'Colour Monster'. In Early Years pupils will be exploring the vocabulary associated with emotion and create sentences verbally to explain how they are feeling. In KS1 pupils will explore descriptive sentences, and use these to describe how feelings and actions change with each emotion. 


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.


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 ‘Happy Mind, Happy Me’. 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.

Letter formation guide


Writing scheme of work 21-22