At Ford Primary School, Talk for Writing approaches are central to how we teach writing. Teachers carefully plan each unit by choosing high quality, engaging texts which link to the topic the class are studying. Each unit has a clear audience and purpose so that all children understand that their writing will be meaningful and read by others. Each unit follows a three stage process: familiarisation with the text and imitation to ensure that children understand the structure and organisation of the text type; innovation where children gather and choose between ideas and are supported to create a different version of the text type; and innovation where children independently write their own example of a text type. At the beginning of each unit, teachers identify specific skills, for example using a particular sentence structure or type of punctuation, which will be taught during the unit and applied to the children’s innovated write. Regular opportunities for children to respond to feedback and edit and improve their writing are planned into each unit.
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At Ford Primary School we recognise that fluent and legible handwriting is an important part of being a successful and confident writer. We use the Penpals handwriting scheme to help our children develop the necessary fine and gross motor skills to form letters accurately. This leads on to learning the different horizontal and vertical joins which connect letters. Handwriting is taught regularly through teacher demonstration and the use of Penpals resources. High standards of handwriting and presentation are expected and celebrated across the school. Children in KS1 work towards achieving their Handwriting Pencil Licence for consistent use of neat diagonal and horizontal joins in their writing and children in KS2 work towards achieving their Handwriting Pen Licence for developing their own fluent, neat cursive writing style.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
At Ford Primary School, the use of accurate and appropriate spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught both within literacy units as identified skills and also within discrete lessons. Children practise their spelling and use of punctuation and grammar through a variety of approaches, including pair and group work and sentence level activities, so that they are able to confidently apply these skills to their writing for different audiences and purposes across the curriculum. As well as looking at spelling patterns, rules and lists within school, children take home weekly, differentiated spellings to practise using the look, cover, write, check approach. As spellings become more challenging, time is spent making sure children understand the meaning of the words they are learning to spell and how they can be used in different contexts.
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