We have focussed on improving writing across the school by:
- Encouraging parental involvement in the teaching of phonics, with lots of sessions for parents to help their child at home and break down the barriers of the perception of teaching phonics;
- A daily ‘grammar hammer’ of ten minutes, in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two;
- Writing for a real project. This is across the school, with a launch event, and then the story told over a series of assemblies and school gatherings. Children have the opportunity to write in a variety of text types, with heavy parental engagement and visitors getting involved;
- We complete ‘red dot’ and ‘green dot’ pieces in all year groups, to demonstrate improvement and progress and encourage a habit of redrafting;
- We get involved in regular moderations both within school and with other local schools, the more the better;
- Competitions for short stories etc. are littered throughout the year, with lots of collaborative competitive writing too;
- Massive involvement in any national event, National Book Day extends to a week etc.