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Writing

At Livingstone, we give children opportunities to write in a creative way using a wide range of high-quality texts as a stimulus. For students in Years 3-6, each half term a new text is studied and brought to life through daily ‘Talk For Writing’ English lessons.

First, a text is explored and analysed through story-mapping, drama activities and language studies. Once pupils have a better understanding, they begin to look at the purpose and audience of the genre by focusing on the language, sentence structure and grammar. After this, the text is used as a stimulus for whole-class, paired and independent writing while following the writing process: planning, drafting, editing, improving, presenting and evaluating. The pupils' writing is 'published' in their blue writing folder, which follows them throughout their time at Livingstone.

Handwriting

Children are modelled and taught cursive handwriting from Year 1 with the aim of developing a writing style that is legible, fluid and consistent by the end of Year 6. They begin using pencil and once they’re able to correctly form their letters in a cursive style, they earn a handwriting pen. For an example of this handwriting, please see your child's Curriculum Booklet.

Phonics

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1, pupils are taught reading and writing using phonics. Daily lessons take place following the ‘Read Write Inc.’ programme. Children take part in activities as a class, in partners and independently to improve their decoding and blending skills so that they can become confident fluent readers. They learn to 'hold a sentence' and write it independently before moving on to longer pieces of writing.

Spelling

From Year 2, we use the ‘Read Write Inc Spelling’ programme to teach spelling in a fun interesting way (with the help of three alien friends!) The children have opportunities to recap words from their previous unit and words from the National Curriculum, as well as special focuses like homophones. Some of the activities include learning new spelling rules; adding prefixes and suffixes to root words; how to spell sounds in different ways (such as or, oor, ore); and dictation / team teach to assess the children's progress. 

For a more detailed overview of what topics are taught in each year group please refer to the Curriculum Map in the Curriculum Booklet. 

The National Curriculum for English: click here

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