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Writing

At The Mead Infant and Nursery School, it is our intent that every child develops the skills to become confident writers with the ability to write coherently for a range of purposes and audiences. We want children to acquire a wide vocabulary, be able to spell and use grammar accurately.

In our developmental approach towards writing, children are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes starting with their own personal experiences and interests.  We understand the importance of building each child’s confidence as a writer, so all attempts are acknowledged and praised from the earliest form of mark making to writing complex sentences. We follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme so that, by the end of Key Stage 1, children have fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling. Children are taught to sound out words using their phonetic knowledge and order their thoughts until they eventually become confident, independent writers. The spelling of common exception words is also taught within English lessons. As children become more confident writers, they are encouraged to plan, check and edit their written work. At The Mead, we aim to teach writing in a cross-curricular way and children understand the importance of applying skills to any written piece of work even when it is linked to other areas of the curriculum.  

From Reception the children are taught to write using a joined-up cursive script. We encourage them children to take pride in the presentation of their writing. We invite parents to a workshop so that you can learn the cursive letter shapes and help your children to form them at home.

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