Writing: Pupils need to learn to write independently. It provides children with the tools to express themselves in a way other than speaking. Writing is essential for future learning and life. It is vital that we provide children with the foundations to become proficient writers. At Herne Bay Infant School we encourage children’s early mark making; pupil’s writing skills are developed through fine motor skill activities; the teaching of letter formation, handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation and a rich language based environment including exciting first hand experiences and visits and story times to develop story language. We achieve this through activities such as composing captions to match drawings and experiences; writing stories; letter writing; writing recounts and other forms of information writing. Children are taught to recognise the value of checking work and to respond to suggestions that will improve their writing. Within the taught English session, the children observe the writing process being modelled by the teacher. Children take part in writing activities during shared and guided writing sessions and also independently.
Children have the opportunity to take home handwriting patterns and letter formation practise; common words to practise spelling and holiday writing challenges.