We teach following ‘The Write Stuff’ approach in English lessons to ensure clarity to the mechanics of writing. Following a method called ‘Sentence Stacking’, the approach places emphasis on sentences being ‘stacked together’ chronologically and organised to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing. Within each genre studied by the children, they will learn to sentence stack, focusing on the style of the author and impact of words and sentences most appropriate for that particular text type. Regular ‘experience days’ ensure that children are given opportunities and experiences which inspire their writing, generating ideas and vocabulary.
All teachers have high expectations in the presentation of work in all areas of the curriculum. Handwriting is taught following the Debbie Hepplewhite programme. Formal teaching of handwriting takes place daily in Reception and KS1, and three times weekly in KS2. Excellent handwriting and presentation are celebrated with awards presented in assembly: presentation of the week, golden pencils (KS1) and pen licences (KS2). All children are expected to write in pen in Years 5 and 6.
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