It is essential within writing that pupils are competent in both transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words.
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. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.
We encourage our pupils to apply the skills learnt in writing across the broader curriculum. This is achieved by immersing children in a variety of text types including: leaflets, letters, stories and explanation texts and providing them with opportunities to be creative and use what they have learnt.