Writing is an integral part of our curriculum and is initially taught through the delivery of phonics and spelling lessons. Children are encouraged to apply these skills to enable them to articulate their ideas before recording through writing activities. Children are taught how to plan, edit and evaluate their writing through interesting, cross-curricular learning. Opportunities are planned for purposeful writing tasks, which encourage children to apply their skills in meaningful ways. The teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught discreetly but also integrated into lessons by exploring texts; children apply these skills to their writing.
As a school we have adopted “The Write Stuff” by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing.
'The Write Stuff' follows a method called 'Sentence Stacking' which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing. An individual lesson is based on a sentence model, broken in to three chunks:
'The Write Stuff' also reinforces grammar through the use of 'The FANTASTICs' which is an acronym that summarise the ideas of writing. The Grammar Rainbow is a classroom tool that enables the teacher to promote key grammar messages.
An overview of The Write Stuff Approach:
We use a range of methods to support children
with their spelling; this begins in the Early Years
when they begin their phonics journey. From Year 2,
children access an online platform, Spelling Shed.
This supports teaching and learning both in school
and at home.
At Millfield, we use an online programme to
support handwriting in school and at home.
Children can access fun activities to help
develop their fine motor and handwriting skills.
Below is a handwriting letter formation sheet showing each letter formation. This sheet can be used to help your child practice letter formation.