Success in any curriculum area depends upon good basic writing skills. It provides pupils with an important form of self-expression and creativity as well as making available to them the power of the written word.

The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:

  • transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)

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.

At Linthorpe Community Primary School, we focus on a writing curriculum based on knowledge and application of grammatical constructs, ensuring all children are secure in a variety of sentence writing skills.  A structured sequence of learning is put in place from Y1 to Y6,  starting with the necessary components of a basic sentence, for all year groups. The ultimate aim of writing coherence is achieved through building small steps in learning.


In English, most extended writing will be followed up with 'Feed>>Forward' This is whole class feedback given after the teacher has read each child's work.
Rather than writing in children's books, each teacher fills in a form as they read the work, keeping record of children who need support, good examples to share with the class, whole class issues in spelling grammar and punctuation that need to be taught and so on.
The children receive advice and help on how to improve what they have written and, more importantly, use this advice and teaching to write their next paragraph.
We call this immediate and focused teaching throughout the writing process Feed>>Forward.


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The English curriculum includes lots of tricky grammar, punctuation and spelling. These websites include games and activities to practise these skills and also some good information for parents about what some of the terminology means.
If you need a little help with grammar, take a look at these great video resources: