How We Teach Writing

At Isleham CE Primary School writing is taught every day during discreet Literacy lessons, it is also practised as part of other subjects across the curriculum. Children are given the skills to write confidently and expressively for a range of different purposes.

In each year group children explore a range of genres and text types, including fiction, poetry, information texts, dialogue, plays and biographies .

Teachers give guidance and instruction to children to improve writing skills. This includes grammatical accuracy and correct use of punctuation. We involve pupils in their own learning by sharing assessments with them, agreeing individual targets and sharing success criteria. There are regular opportunities for children to respond to focused feedback and next steps for improving written work.

Spelling patterns are taught frequently and the children practise and improve handwriting weekly. We teach the children to use a cursive handwriting style from Reception Class through to Year 6.
Please see below the phrases we use to help the children form each lower case letter from the line. We call this 'Flying with phonics'... The children start to form the letters using mini aeroplanes which run along the runway and then take off and move to the top of the letter. (This gives each letter the necessary lead-in stroke). If you wish to open the word document below to view the letters, please ask the office at the School or Pre-School for the password. This is available for all parents of Isleham Primary School and Pre-School. Thank you.