At Cheam Fields Primary Academy we believe that learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Our core aim is to motivate children to become passionate and purposeful writers. Underpinning this is the use of engaging texts which have been carefully chosen to motivate, challenge and stimulate our pupil’s imaginations. Thoughtful links are made to our IPC curriculum in order to bring greater depth and breadth to the writing process.
Our children explore a range of genres across the school year such as recounts, explanations, narratives and many more. Teachers use a variety of tools to explore children’s understanding of a text type through the use of drama and role play, shared writing and using existing examples of a text to analyse and explore key language features. We ensure that all children have plenty of opportunities to reflect on their writing both independently and with a response partner, discussing which features really worked, followed by an opportunity to polish their work even further.
How can I support my child at home?
- Let your child write their own Christmas cards, thank you letters, cards to friends or relatives, invitations to a party or a list of things they need to take on holiday.
- Help older children to use a thesaurus to broaden their vocabulary.
- Play word-building games like Boggle or Scrabble. Games like ‘Guess Who’ can also develop their descriptive vocabulary.
- Encourage your child to rehearse their sentence out loud before they write it down. Always encourage children to punctuate their sentences with a full-stop and capital letter.
- After making a cake or doing a craft activity, challenge children to write the recipe or the instructions for someone else to use.
- Write an information page or booklet about something they find interesting e.g. spiders, Dr Who, dinosaurs, cats, etc. Draw a picture and label it.