Our programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 consistent of two key dimensions
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
We aim to develop pupils’ skills in these two dimensions. In addition, pupils are also taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.
Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words.
Effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.
We follow the Jane Considine The Write Stuff approach to teaching writing