Key Stage 2 Writing

The programmes of study for writing at key stage 2 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.

In key stage 2, handwriting and spelling continue to be taught as discrete lessons. Children are expected to develop a joined handwriting script in order to increase fluency when they write down what they want to say.

At our school, children are encouraged to produce well presented work across all writing tasks but they will also have the chance to show their neatest handwriting in a final end of unit piece which will be displayed around our classrooms or corridors.

Children are given the opportunity to write for real purposes, for example: linking writing to topic, science or RE work and presenting these final project pieces to different audiences around school; writing about an out of school experience, such as a school trip or workshop; letter writing for different purposes.

Work that is produced across the curriculum is chosen for display in the school writing gallery in our school foyer. Children’s work is also sent home in fortnightly newsletters to share with parents.

In years 3 and 4, children build knowledge of the planning, drafting and evaluating stages of writing, while developing their understanding of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. By year 5 and 6, we want our children to be well equipped to use all that they have learnt to communicate ideas in a number of different forms with accuracy, control, enthusiasm and passion.