Writing is one of our passions and also something we know does not always come easy to children. It can be quite a challenge to co-ordinate and to create at the same time! Spelling, handwriting, composition and proof-reading all fall under this skill – not to mention grammar!
So, we are focussing at Hunsley Primary on developing our children into being confident and fluent writers, able to use this skill to express their needs, ideas and hopes on the page, be that handwritten, types or dictated!
We use a wide range of teaching and learning techniques when it comes to writing and we also work with a number of specific strategies which we feel meet the needs of our children; such as oral rehearsals, text mapping, high quality stimulus, tooklkits and our own precision handwriting scheme. We have based our approaches to teaching on the Education Endowment Foundation’s research work on spelling support (Improving Literacy in Key Stage One / Key Stage Two).
We begin teaching handwriting in the Reception class, but a child’s ability to be a confident writer begins much earlier in their development as they begin to make marks as a pre-schooler. You can find out more below about how we teach handwriting and the ways we foster early readiness for writing by following the two links.