Key Stage 1 Writing

The programmes of study for writing at key stage 1 are constructed similarly to those for reading and include:

  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

We ensure that we cover the statutory requirements, as outlined in the national curriculum September 2014, through detailed medium term and weekly planning, and take opportunities for cross-curricular planning where possible.

Spelling and handwriting are taught as discrete lessons, but are also embedded in daily English lessons. Spelling builds on objectives completed in the Letters and Sounds programme and the statutory requirements for spelling in each year group.

In daily English lessons, children spend time reading high quality texts to provide them with examples of writing genre and take part in spoken language activities, such as drama and role play, to develop their vocabulary and say out loud what they want to write. With this preparation, and with a specific purpose or context for learning, they are then given regular opportunities to write. These writing opportunities might be during an English lesson, or within another curriculum area, such as science or religious education (RE).

The use of a ‘general writing book’ helps the children to understand that we can write for a purpose in all that we do. To develop the children’s stamina for writing, we have an extended writing session each week when children are taught to write at length.