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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.  

Writing Progression at Millfield

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:

  1. Initiate section – a stimulus to capture the children’s imagination and set up a sentence.
  2. Model section – the teacher close models a sentence that outlines clear writing features and techniques.
  3. Enable section – the children write their sentence, following the model.


'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.