Writing Development at St Peter's
Please click on the link below to view our progression document:
Grammar, handwriting, punctuation and spelling
At St. Peter’s we strive to deliver the 2014 National Curriculum through an inspiring and creative approach. We believe that all children need access to good role models of spoken English and therefore we expect all adults to use correct Standard English in their daily spoken and verbal interactions. Grammar, Handwriting, Punctuation and Spelling are integral to every subject across the curriculum so we focus on it continuously.
Every classroom has relevant supportive resources, that the children can use to support their understanding such as grammatical terminology poster, phonics mats, topic spelling banks etc. Teachers in KS2 and at the end of Year 2, use the No Nonsense Spelling Scheme to support their lesson delivery. Children in KS2 have a spelling journal to record their exploration and practising of rules and patterns, which also contains a “Have a go sheet”. This encourages children to experiment independently with tricky spellings and gain scaffolded feedback to find the correct spelling. Classes also have dictionaries and iPads for children’s use. Children in UKS2 also use a GCP Grammar Practice book as part of their homework routine at various points during the year, to reinforce their understanding of grammatical concepts and apply the knowledge. Children in LKS2 may also use Fluent in Five style lesson starters, to reinforce and apply conceptual knowledge.
Handwriting is taught separately to phonics. The focus is initially on the correct formation of individual letters but in accordance with our Little Wandle phonics scheme, handwriting is taught discretely. In LKS2 every Friday, children are directly taught handwriting patterns linked to the spelling rule of the week to give focused practice and as children progress to UKS2, they are given opportunities to practise all the handwriting joins through final presentation drafts and focused practice linked to spelling rule practice. Teachers use the Nelson scheme as a basis for the way in which we teach cursive handwriting and we form letters.
Children are encouraged to use correct terminology from Reception to Year 6 and all adults remind children and reiterate the correct grammatical way to pronounce or write. When writing, we model correct spellings, Standard English grammatical structures and syntax. Cursive handwriting is used in modelling at an appropriate point in development in Year 2 onwards.
Teaching and Assessment
Children are tested on GAPS in KS1 (Year 2) and KS2 (Year 6). In KS1 GAPS is taught within the English curriculum with explicit links to the GAPS NC objectives. GAPS may be taught discretely or within the English lesson. Importance is put on the embedding of the GAPS teaching in to their writing and the application of skills so we develop our pupils as good writers with support on passing the SATs later in the year.
Please click on the links below to see a useful Grammar Glossary:
Please click this link to see our Handwriting Progression Document:
Nelson Scheme Letter Formation Guidance
Please see the documents below: