In Reception the children will have a daily phonics lesson using the 'Sounds-Write' programme. The children are encouraged to recognise sounds within words and write these on their whiteboards. We spend lots of time word-building using the sounds we have learned which increases confidence when segmenting (splitting a word into sounds) and blending (putting sounds together to make a word).
The children's fine and gross motor skills are continually developed through focused activities which enables the children to develop all the core skills necessary for writing.
We use the 'Letter-join' approach to help our children become legible and fluent writers.
To begin with, children learn a comfortable sitting position and how to position their paper when writing.
A lot of time is spent introducing pre-cursive writing patterns before the children learn how to write individual letters.
In Reception, as children develop their phonic knowledge and begin to blend sounds together children are introduced to phonetically decodable reading books. We use Dandelion Readers which are fine-tuned to the Sounds-Write programme. These books are complemented by finely levelled 'real' books. Children are read to daily and have the opportunity to use our school library so stories can be shared at home. To further encourage a home-school partnership, children will be given individual log-ins for online reading books.
Story-telling skills are also developed through puppet play and participating in helicopter stories sessions.
Writing is embedded across all areas of learning and opportunities for writing are encouraged in all areas of provision. This may be: writing a shopping list in the role play area, writing about models they have created in the construction area or creating a party invitation for their friends in the small world area!
Children's attention is continually drawn to print in the environment and they are encouraged to recognise print in the wider world. As children become more proficient in their phonic knowledge, they apply this to their individual writing.