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A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Writing Skills at Mougins School
  • Primary Matters
Christine BEARMAN

In the realm of education, the teaching of writing is a thoughtful and strategic process. At Mougins School, we prioritise the development of confident and creative writers through a meticulously designed programme. Our progressive skills document details objectives for each year group which are sequenced to ensure pupils secure the acquired skills and knowledge to further their education journey into Key Stage 3 and beyond

Fostering Language Excellence

We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and develop their love of literature through widespread reading and writing for enjoyment. 

At the core of our approach are key objectives we aim for all pupils to achieve:

  1. Building a Foundation: Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  2. Effective Communication: Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audience
  3. Learning through Discussion: Use discussion in order to learn; they are able to elaborate and clearly explain their understanding and ideas
  4. Competence in Communication Arts: Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Personalised Progression and Achievement

A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Writing Skills

By the end of The LaunchPad, it is expected that pupils should:
Be able to write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed. They will be able to spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters. It is expected that they will also write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others. Children will show good control and coordination in their small movements. They will handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

By the end of Key Stage 1, it is expected that pupils should:
Be able to write narratives, both real and fictional. Children will write using past and present tense mostly correctly and consistently. Children will demarcate sentences using capital letters, full stops and question marks most accurately. Children will spell most common exception words correctly. Handwriting will show consistency in letter sizing.

By the end of Key Stage 2, it is expected that pupils should:
Be able to reflect their understanding of the audience for and purpose of their writing by selecting appropriate vocabulary and grammar. They will consciously control sentence structure in their writing and understand why sentences are constructed, using a range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
Children will use a range of punctuation and maintain tense throughout a piece of writing, spelling most words correctly, or being able to use resources quickly and efficiently in order to support spelling. Handwriting will be consistently joined.
Pupils will understand nuances in vocabulary choice and age-appropriate, academic vocabulary.

Implementation: Nurturing Writing Skills

Recognising that children's writing develops at a slower pace than their reading, our approach acknowledges the need for foundational knowledge. Before students can independently produce readable content, they must understand:

  • what they want to say
  • how to identify sounds in words
  • at least one way to spell each of the sounds of English
  • how to form letters.

Although the process of learning to write follows a predictable sequence, writing involves far more than simply development of fine motor skills. It involves sequencing of motor actions, coordination between the eyes and the hands; controlled use of one hand in carrying out complex movements independently of the other – reflective of increasing functional hemispheric independence – and translation of speech sounds into written symbols. We recognise that a child needs to be able to master gross motor control and coordination skills before they can develop writing and pencil control.

Our comprehensive teaching approach extends beyond traditional boundaries, ensuring that students acquire essential skills while cultivating a genuine passion for expressing themselves through the written word. Stay tuned for valuable tips to support your children! For more in-depth information, current parents can explore the Parent Room, our internal website, to enhance understanding and support in your child's educational journey.

Christine Bearman
Head of Primary at Mougins School 

  • Primary