Writing at Pucklechurch
At Pucklechurch, we use the Power of Reading to inspire our writing. High quality texts are appreciated and explored so that we are overflowing with ideas to use in our own writing. The texts are usually linked to our theme so that the children build contextual knowledge throughout the term; they can then draw on this in their final write. Throughout the year, children will be given opportunities to write in a range of genres, such as narrative, procedural, recount and information.
At the immersion stage of learning, the children are taught a particular skill. These skills are taken from our Non-Negotiables (see document links to the side). Within this stage, children may be guided by an adult within a focus group; they may work with a peer; or children practise independently.
During this stage of learning, children are given the opportunity to use their newly taught skill in a short piece of writing. These activities range in purpose and length, depending on the year group and context of the short write. Finally we allow children to explore their skills by showcasing them in their plan, draft, edit and publish stage. These are important skills that allow children to use all of the skills taught so far in their final versions.
In Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1, children use their phonics skills to spell words as well as learning the High Frequency words (including tricky words). As children progress through the school, they are taught spelling sounds, rules and patterns using a range of fun activities. All children are expected to learn their sounds, rules and patterns as part of their home learning; they will be tested on these during a weekly test in school. Once learned, the children are expected to use them correctly in their own writing.
Phonics Pronunciation Video - This video demonstrates how to pronounce pure sounds and the corresponding 'Jolly Phonics' actions
www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu - This website has lots of interactive phonics games, activities, ideas and resources to help your child learn to hear, recognise and read different sounds and words including nonsense words
http://www.ictgames.com - This website also lots of phonics games, activities, ideas and resources which match to an objective. They will help your child with learning to recognise and read different sounds and words