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Writing is taught through whole class English sessions and guided writing sessions.  We follow a long term plan which was put together based on the National Curriculum ensuring that we have full coverage of all the various strands which include:
• Transcription
• Composition
• Handwriting
• Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.

English sessions are usually based on a wide range of whole class texts, which may be a book, a digital text, a film or excerpts from a larger text. Wherever possible writing is linked to the text, providing children with the opportunity to be inspired, excited and engaged in their writing. We also aim to give purpose to the children’s writing through our topic work in other areas of the curriculum.
Discrete phonics sessions are taught across EYFS and KS1 where the children are streamed into groups based on the phase they are working on.  We follow the phased structure of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme. We also use a variety of high quality, multi-sensory resources and schemes to support the children’s learning, both paper and ICT based. These include Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar and Phonics Play.
The phonics sessions last for twenty minutes each day, with a spelling test on the fifth day, where the spellings are based on the sounds they had learnt the previous week. The children learn 3-4 new sounds a week and are then given the opportunity to practise and consolidate their learning in a variety of ways. Within the sessions, children learn to blend and segment words for reading and spelling, as well as practising the formation of the letters involved.
At the end of each half term the children are assessed to check their confidence with the sounds learned which enables the teacher to plan where they need to go next with their learning.
At the end of Year 1, all children take part in the Phonics Screening Check to assess whether they have met the ‘expected level’ for reading using their phonics. This check involves the children reading 40 words (some real and some ‘nonsense’ words) using the sounds they have learnt. Parents are informed of the results and plans are put in place to further support any children who do not meet the threshold and these children will be re-checked at the end of Year 2.

Writing Year 1

Writing Year 2

Writing Year 3

Writing Year 4

Writing Year 5

Writing Year 6

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