It is our intent at Paulton Infant School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We recognise that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
At Paulton Infant school, writing is a crucial part of our curriculum and all children from Foundation Stage to Year 2 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum in a variety of ways. Early writing is encouraged through mark making opportunities in EYFS and each classroom has designated writing areas where this enthusiasm to writing can be encouraged.
Example Writing Area
Children have freedom to write and make marks following their own interests. Support available for letter formation and phonics application.
Early Mark Making
Remember, behind every scribble there is a story and a meaning!
As part of English lessons, all pupils are supported to develop transcription and composition skills through high quality, engaging teaching opportunities and use of cross-curricular approaches. In our approach to writing, we intend for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing at all phases of their education.This may initially be more oral based in EYFS and then become a more recorded approach in Year 2 where children create drafts of a piece of work to lead to an edited final piece where children have made personal revisions to their original ideas both with the support of the teacher and with growing independence.
At Paulton Infant School we recognise that all writing has a clear purpose and as such, we endeavour to ensure children are confident in their understanding of audience, purpose and context through exposure to a range of text types i.e. stories, recounts, diaries, letters, non-chronological reports. Our curriculum enables children to explore such genres, understand their specific features and presentation styles and have opportunities to write for different purposes using different text types as inspiration.
As part of our writing curriculum we also ensure that time is spent on supporting children to make links between phonics, reading and writing and endeavour for all pupils to acquire a growing vocabulary, solid understanding of grammar and the ability to spell new words effectively choosing and applying spelling patterns and rules that have been taught throughout their time in primary school. (More information can be found on our Phonics page of the website).
At Paulton Infant School we nurture a culture where children are encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing and where all children are supported to write accurately and clearly so that by the end of Year 2 they are able to write in a cursive handwriting style. Note: We are currently reviewing our handwriting policy and more information will be available shortly.
Furthermore, we have high expectations for all pupils within our school and endeavour to ensure that all children make good progress in their writing and have access to an exciting and engaging curriculum.
Useful documents and information:
Please see the attached documents for more information about reading and expectations at Paulton Infant School
For further information on Reading and English in the Early Years and National Curriculum, follow these links:
Phonics Play www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Spelling Play www.spellingplay.co.uk/
Phonics Bloom www.phonicsbloom.com/
Crick Web Games and Activities www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1literacy.html
BBC Bitesize www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zgkw2hv
The Literacy Shed (Writing Prompt) www.literacyshed.com/the-ks1-shed.html