A wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures can be accessed, different audiences and purposes can be experienced and complicated life issues can be explored. We know a reader, even at the age of 5, becomes familiar with writers’ techniques without even realising it!
The repetition creates structure and builds suspense... Exclamation marks change how I read it... This story makes me think even I could go on a bear hunt!
When writing, we enable our children to explore structure, experiment with language and apply their understanding of taught techniques. Michael Morporgo claims that ‘To be a writer, you need to drink in the world around you so it’s always there in your head.’ As teachers, we work hard to create experiences that provide opportunities for writing - maybe a Roman march through the school grounds or a search for sea shells in the sand pit. Our children have been known to even witness a rocket crash in the Tree Area.
No idea is too big or too small. However, we encourage our children to be resilient: it is very rare that something is right the first time. Therefore, editing is vital; we work hard to teach how to check and improve writing. This is a tricky task for children, but with our purple pen we can do it!
It is our aim that every child should be enabled to develop a fluent legible style of handwriting. Capital and lower case letters should be used appropriately and the letter size should be consistent. We will provide opportunities for children to develop, practice and perfect skills and provide targeted support to any child experiencing difficulty.
What is SPAG?
English grammar, punctuation and spelling is taught as a golden thread through all aspects of our English curriculum. The documents below help explain what some of the terminology is and provide lists of words that children will be taught to spell as part of the English curriculum.