At Harrington Hill, we look for ways to inspire and motivate our children so that they see themselves as writers. We have developed a creative writing curriculum that links with our foundation subjects, providing children with purposeful, cross curricular writing opportunities. Rich texts are often used to fire interest and enthusiasm in our children and talk opportunities are embedded throughout every writing lesson as we recognise and value the link between talk and skilful writing.
From Year 1 upwards, the children have daily literacy lessons. These lessons provide a range of writing opportunities and levels of support including: shared, modelled, guided, paired and independent writing. Children are taught to write in a variety of genres and forms, using a wide range of stimuli. The teaching of grammar and punctuation are an embedded part of every lesson, whereas handwriting and spelling are taught as discrete sessions.
To support your child with their writing at home, ensure you are giving them rich and varied life experiences and read to them from the earliest age. This will help to develop your child’s vocabulary and imagination, providing the perfect foundation for learning to write.