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Writing is a complex skill for children to learn and it involves applying many concepts, skills and knowledge all at once. We hope that by sharing with you how we teach the children to write, and by giving you some ideas of what you can do at home to help, we can continue to improve writing at our school.

We try to make the teaching of writing as fun and relevant for the children as possible, ensuring that we cover a variety of topics and genres. Children will engage more fully with a writing task if they can see a clear purpose behind it, for example, writing recipes that they will cook later in the week, stories to read to younger children or recounts of events they have taken part in.

What does writing involve?

How you can help your child at home

  • Read to them. Reading books to your child helps to develop their vocabulary and exposes them to the language they need to help compose their own writing.
  • Talk to them. Talking to your child about what they are doing and seeing and what is happening around them will help to expand their vocabulary and model sentence construction for them which they will then begin to apply in their own talk, and eventually their writing.
  • Model for them – let them see you writing. If your child sees that writing is something you do on a regular basis then they will want to do it too, they will see it as something important.
  • Get them to help when you need to write – shopping lists, birthday and thank you cards, emails, texts etc.
  • Ask your child to write sentences to caption family photos that can be put together in an album. Good practise for writing and a great keepsake too!
  • Younger children – help them to develop their motor skills by activities such as painting, playdough, lego, jigsaws, cutting & sticking, chalk on the ground, throwing & catching. All these help to develop the skills that allow a child to effectively control a pencil for writing.
  • Boys - it can be notoriously hard to engage some boys in wanting to write. Some ideas for making it more appealing can be to write on a large scale, use shaped paper, write outside or use mind mapping. It is also really important that they see male role models writing. The following link may be helpful : Parent Dish – boys writing

Listed below are links to a further selection of documents and websites that may help you with ideas for supporting your child with their writing at home.

Letters and Sounds 

Jolly Phonics 

Articulation of phonic sounds 

Literacy Trust 

Words for Life 

I spy a picture book

Phonics Leaflet 

Making their mark – children’s early writing 

Phonics sound families 

Games to Play at home 

Early writing tips 

Helping your child with writing

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