Children are taught to write within the 'Read, Write, Inc. Phonics' lesson. Alongside this lesson children in the Early Years explore writing in a variety of ways to develop the children's early literacy skills. A range of mark making tools are made available and the children are encouraged to write in a variety of situations. This can be during their own investigations and more formally in guided sessions planned to match their developing needs.
As children progress into Key Stage One they are taught through both the 'Read, Write, Inc. Phonics' session and a literacy lesson which is linked to the topic theme for the term. These lessons focus on delivering a range of skills needed to make them confident writers. In Key Stage One we continue to develop their handwriting skills by teaching them cursive script. We have high expectations of our children and challenge them to write to the very best of their ability to produce a piece of writing which they feel proud of.
In both the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1 the children participate in regular 'Big Write' sessions where the children are encouraged to write more independently for a sustained period of time.
Please find below links to the National Curriculum documents for English and further information on the handwriting programme.