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Charford First School



Writing is closely related to reading and the two activities reinforce each other. We use high quality texts as models for writing, teaching the children to identify techniques, vocabulary and language patterns used by authors and poets which can be applied to their own writing. Writing is taught daily with the application of skills embedded as part of the themed learning.  Pupils are taught the skills of transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

The National Curriculum Programmes of study have been organised into long-term plans and knowledge organisers for each year group.



It is important that the children learn to form their letters correctly; we use cursive writing from Reception.  To support the teaching of handwriting, we follow the Letter-join sequences of learning through regular, discrete handwriting sessions.  Adapting these where necessary, to meet the needs of our children. The Letter-join resources are also accessible from home;

Letter-join Link

The ‘Progression of skills’ document outlines the sequence of learning for each year group.


Transcription- Spelling  
In the Early Years and KS 1, the children are taught to spell through daily phonic sessions and are expected to apply this knowledge to spell phonetically in their own writing.  In Year 1 and 2, spelling rules are also introduced. In KS 2 the children are taught spelling rules through regular discrete sessions, and are expected to apply this learning across the curriculum.
Click on the link to see the spelling rules for each year group.

The National Curriculum also identifies common exception words, for each year group, that the children are expected to be able to spell Common exception words.
You can support your child at home by practising these spellings and rules regularly.