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The programmes of study for writing at Key Stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:


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


Effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.


Lessons are set within a creative and context which is relevant to children. Typically this will involve using high quality age appropriate texts to provide models of genre construct and appropriate vocabulary. An audience is identified so there is always a purpose for writing. Within literacy lessons children are given the opportunity to engage in activities such as:

  • Text analysis
  • Reading and research
  • Spoken language
  • Drama techniques


Handwriting is taught as an embedded skill as well as separately to the writing lesson.



Reception and KS1 pupils experience Talk for Writing as well as Active Story Telling in their English sessions, alongside the RWInc lessons. 


Children from Year 2 to Year 6 regularly take part in Big Write sessions (extended writing) across all subjects.