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Writing at St Mary's is taught through an English mastery programme. This links all aspects of writing to a whole class high quality text. To find out more about this approach, download the presentation attached to this page. 

The programmes of study for writing are split into 2 areas
  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
In addition, children at St Mary's are taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. 

Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: on spelling quickly and accurately and on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting. Effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. 

The children are encouraged and supported to write in cursive from Reception. Support for parents with this can be found in the powerpoint below. 

The specific writing programmes of study for each year group can be found under the 'Our Curriculum - Year Groups' tab

Lynsie Tuplin,
3 Aug 2018, 08:13
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3 Aug 2018, 08:15