Writing is a life skill which is promoted across the school. We use text-based learning to support writing development. In our English lessons, each morning, all children will have a quality key text or texts that they will study throughout their curriculum topic or theme. The text is linked to the overall curriculum focus. Using a key text in this way allows children to handle a book; become fully absorbed in a text and develop their love of literature. Key learning objectives for the English curriculum can be taught in this way.
At Lydden, children also have discrete Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) sessions focusing on the use of accurate spelling and punctuation. Children build on what they have been taught in SPaG lessons and apply it within their written work.
Spelling is a vital part of the new national curriculum and as a school we use a progressive approach. The spelling rules and word lists for each year group can be found here.
We believe writing should be exciting and engaging. Teachers use a range of stimuli to motivate children to write for enjoyment. We practice writing every day to improve our skills and have an opportunity to write an extended piece every week.
We follow a cursive script handwriting policy which is developmental across the school.