At Hatchlands Primary School, understanding the purpose of writing for a range of audiences are some of the most important skills we can develop in children.
There is a strong emphasis on developing writing skills and teachers model how to structure and organise writing so that it engages the reader. Children are provided with many opportunities to write imaginatively, record information, express themselves clearly and use adventurous and wide-ranging vocabulary. Punctuation and grammar are taught as an integral part of this process.
Handwriting and developing the gross and fine motor skills required for this skill are taught regularly. In addition, gross and fine motor development activities permeate throughout the EYFS curriculum and daily sessions of ‘funky fingers’ enhance the motor skill development of our children.
Talk for Writing
We use the Talk for Writing approach at Hatchlands School which is designed to enable children to learn a variety of stories in great detail and then retell them through the use of actions and a visual story map. This approach of learning a text by heart and analysing it in detail helps the children to develop a toolkit of what an effective text looks like which then supports them in developing their own versions of each type of story. Providing the children with this clear structure, along with an engaging hook into the learning gives them a great start point for their own writing.