From when children start school, we encourage them to have a go at writing and they learn, through highly differentiated teaching, to be able to write using standard English. Our children use a handwriting pen from reception and they are also introduced to a cursive script at this point. Children will start to join when they are ready in KS1. Spelling, punctuation and Grammar are taught through writing and children learn to write for a range of different purposes.

We teach phonics using the Song of Sounds scheme of work. Phonics teaching starts in Pre-school and continues until the children are secure in applying their skills to reading. In Reception and KS1, each day, the children are taught a specific phonics skill, letter sound or blend and they take part in different activities to practice and consolidate the sounds they have learnt.

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