Writing-Intent, Implementation and Impact.
At Little Gonerby Infant School writing is an integral part of our curriculum, all of our children are provided with many exciting opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. Our aim is to ensure that all children have a rich language base and equip them with the skills to orally rehearse, plan, compose and revise their sentences. We want our children to develop the confidence to write creatively and to find joy out of the writing process.
Our curriculum is organised in a progressive way ensuring the objectives from EYFS 2021 and the National Curriculum are closely followed. Writing is evident across all curriculum areas and a wide range of genres are taught throughout the school. We immerse the children in writing through the use of high quality, language rich texts. Also we use a range of ‘hooks’ to engage our children in writing including film clips, artefacts, meaningful real-life and hands-on experiences.
In addition to the writing opportunities provided through our projects the children Keystage One are taught specific English lessons using high quality texts based on Jane Considine’s ‘The Write Stuff’. Each unit is made up of ‘experience days’ and ‘sentence stacking’ days. Experience days are used to collect new key vocabulary and explore their meaning. Sentence stacking days are taught daily and children collect key vocabulary matched to the writing learning objective e.g. adjectives, verbs and a teacher model is provided. The children build up their writing skills over 2 weeks in preparation for planning and writing their own independent story.
Through providing the children with exciting writing experiences our children are enthusiastic writers who enjoy demonstrating their writing skills. All our writing lessons are well taught and provide the children with ongoing tailor feedback which can be seen in the progress the children are making in their books. We place a high emphasis on presentation and most children correctly form their letters by the end of Year 2 and many are attempting to join their writing.
When writing letters, children are taught simple formation
rhymes to help ensure that they form them correctly.
Letter Formation Rhymes
The Curly Caterpillar Family (c, a, d, e, s, g, f, q, o)
c - over the rainbow, round and stop
a - over the rainbow, up and down, flick
o - over the rainbow and close at the top, flick
g - over the rainbow, up and down, down, down and under
f - over the rainbow and down, down, down and under. Pencil off and across at the middle.
q - over the rainbow, up and down, down, down, sharp flick
d – over the rainbow and up high to the sky and down to the line, flick
s – over the rainbow and snake around
e - out and loop the loop, round and stop
The One-Armed Robot Family (n, m, h, k, b, p, r)
n – down, up and over the hill and down
m – down, up and over the hill, down, up and over the hill and down, flick
r – down, up and over the hill and stop at the top
h – down in the lift and bounce back up, over the hill and down, flick
b – down in the lift and bounce back up, over the hill and close it up
k – down in the lift, stop. Pencil off. Line in, line out.
p – down, down, down , up to the top, over the hill and close it up.
The Ladder Family (l, i, u, t, y, j)
l - down in the lift and flick
i - down and flick, pencil off and dot
u - down, round the bend, up and down, flick
t - down in the lift, round the bend. Pencil off and across in the middle
y - down ,round the bend, up, down, down, down and under
j - down, down, down and under. Pencil off and dot
The Zigzag Monster Family (z, v, w, x)
z – zip across, diagonal down, zip across
v - diagonal down, diagonal up
w - diagonal down, diagonal up, diagonal down and diagonal up
x - diagonal down, lift, diagonal down