At Woore, we believe that every child is a writer. To support this belief we make sure that children write every day and in a variety of contexts, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. For our youngest writers this happens as part of their continuous provision, where they have the opportunity to mark make, form letters and start to write their earliest sentences. All ogf these, we believe, makes early writing experiences enjoyable ones.
As children move through school they are given wider opportunities to write across a range of genres. In many cases these opportunities are linked to the core text which lies at the heart of each unit in our curriculum. These high quality texts have been chosen to inspire our children and have been selected from recommended lists from the likes of the Booktrust and awards lists such as the Greenaway and Carnegie prizes. Each text is studied and forms the stimulii for our own writing. In most cases the texts will share strong links with other curriculum areas such History, Geography or Science.
We are always reviewing our selection of texts to make sure that they best reflect our pupils' needs and interests. This is one advantage that we have in selecting our own texts and not merely following a bought in scheme. In October 2023 we updated our texts to include titles such as 'Lob' by Linda Newberry and 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick.
We strive to give the children the opportunity to produce work they can be proud of and handwriting is a big part of this. Our handwriting work starts in EYFS where children are taught to form letters accurately by printing. By the end of Year 2 we expect all children to be using cursive writing across all their work. We follow the Letterjoin scheme to ensure we have consistency across all three classes. Handwriting lessons occur daily in Classes 1 and 2 and continue in Class 3, three times weekly so that children can meet the end of key stage expectation for neat, legible and sustained handwriting.
We celebrate our writing through Wow work in assemblies and in classrooms.