Writing is one of the most important life skills we learn at school and takes many different forms. In addition to mastering the basics of phonics and handwriting, children will learn to write for many different purposes. These include story writing, of course, but also reports, recounts, persuasive texts, play scripts, poetry, biographies and letters both formal and informal.
English is taught daily and each half term’s work will usually consist of two or more units of work, which focus on different styles of writing, for different kinds of reader. The children’s writing is assessed at the beginning and the end of each unit, to track their progress.
To write with confidence, children will also need a sound grasp of grammar and spelling, which are taught separately but closely linked to the writing tasks children carry out in their English lesson. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are all the subject of national tests at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2.
Writing is not confined to English lessons – there are many opportunities to write in most other subjects, including maths, science, the creative curriculum, RE and others.
Education is a partnership between home and school. Children’s homework will frequently involve writing tasks. As with all other homework, your children will find it helpful to have a quiet space in which to write, away from the distractions of the television or computer, where possible. Children thrive on praise, so reading over their homework and encouraging them to do their best will definitely motivate them to write.