Writing

Writing
 
Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child at primary school will learn. Children use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world.
 
Children are encouraged to read and write a range of genres in their time at primary school. Each year they will focus on various narrative, non-fiction and poetry units.
 
Narratives may include:
stories with familiar settings
stories from other cultures
fairy tales (also known as traditional tales)
fantasy stories
myths and legends
adventure and mystery
stories with historical settings
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Grammar and Punctuation
 
The National Curriculum that children follow puts a great deal of emphasis on children understanding English grammar.
 
At the end of primary school, every child will sit a Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test (often called the GPS test or SPaG test).
 
Having a good understanding of grammar is helpful for children’s writing, allowing them build words into sentences that communicate exactly what they want to say.
Handwriting
 
From the earliest stages, children will be developing their fine motor skills when they pick up writing tools and make marks on paper.
 
You can help by giving your child lots of opportunities to scribble, draw, colour and develop other early writing skills.
 
However, handwriting needs to be taught in a consistent way and it is important for children to develop good habits with writing. 
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