Understanding Progress in English - document for parents
Children are encouraged to write freely from an early age and will be given the opportunity to apply their writing skills throughout the curriculum. To encourage this, we use just one writing book for all Literacy together with foundation subjects. This approach allows the children to develop confidence to work independently and confidently as a writer and see its relevance to each subject.
Children will also have regular access to ICT equipment to facilitate the presentation of writing. ICT is an integral part of English, using Web-based resources, Education City, word processing and other software to create presentations and film clips. Teachers use interactive Smartboards in their teaching, which engages the children’s interest and provides a rich variety of learning experiences.
We believe that effective writing comes from children talking and sharing their first-hand experiences, planning and redrafting their work and then creating a piece of written work they are proud of and which is well presented.
At St Anne’s, our aim is that pupils will be supported to develop a handwriting style which is clear, joined and fluid. Children will be encouraged to take pride in their written work, but also to be aware that different degrees of neatness may be appropriate for different tasks.
Although there are many opportunities to practice handwriting across the curriculum, there are weekly lessons for teaching and revising these skills. The frequency and length of these lessons varies according to the age and competence of the children. Formal handwriting skills are taught regularly and systematically through the use of the PENPALS Handwriting scheme (Cambridge University Press).
Provisional ‘Pen Licences’ are awarded to Key Stage 2 children when they are beginning to join but are still needing to consolidate their writing style to become consistent. This will allow the children to use pen in their handwriting lessons.
Once children are consistently writing in a fluent and legible style, and demonstrating consistent correct use of upper and lower case letters across all curriculum areas, the full ‘Pen Licences’ are awarded. Displays in class rooms are a focus of encouragement for children to succeed.