Writing at SMSJ
Writing is closely related to reading – the two activities reinforce each other. As with reading, it is important that children learn to write independently from an early age. Children are encouraged to think of themselves as ‘writers’ as soon as they enter school.
“The growth of competence in writing also contributes importantly to the broader development of children’s thinking.”
(NLS Grammar for Writing)
At Key Stage 1 pupils start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly.
At Key Stage 2 pupils develop understanding that writing is both essential to thinking and learning, and enjoyable in its own right. They learn the main rules and conventions of written English and start to explore how the English language can be used to express meaning in different ways. They use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve their work and to sustain their fiction and non-fiction writing.
Writing is taught by:
Each year group in the school has a set of 'End of Year Expectations' in writing. It is hoped that children will achieve these expectations and even move go on to achieve some of those included in the following year group. Click on the links below to view the expectations for your child's year group.
As Key Stages One and Two get to grips with the introduction of cursive handwriting, we have introduced new certificates to
reward their successes. Each level is named after a well known children's author.
Level One - Eric Carle
Level Two - Julia Donaldson
Level Three - Judith Kerr
Level Four - Roger Hargreaves
Level Five - Jeremy Strong
Level Six - Roald Dahl
Level Seven - Micheal Rosen
Level Eight - Micheal Morpurgo
Level Nine - Michelle Margorian
Level Ten - Handwriting Master