Writing in Years 1 – 3
As soon as the alphabetic code is embedded through speed sounds sessions, children can write simple words and build on their success. Children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to write, and composing sentence by sentence, until they are confident enough to write independently. They write at the level of their spelling knowledge e.g. they use their knowledge of the alphabetic code and tricky words they have learnt. In every lesson, children build up their spelling knowledge so they are able to spell complex words independently. The children have the opportunity to use adventurous vocabulary in their writing because they have encountered such language in their reading and have talked about what those words mean.
Children in Reception to Year 2 use the RWI Phonics programme where every lesson has three elements: Speed Sounds, Storybook and Writing. Writing activities include repeated daily tasks such as:
When children move off the Phonics programme in (generally this will be in Year 2), they begin RWI Comprehension. This programme:
The majority of children in Year 3 are taught through the RWI Language & Literacy programme. This programme uses
While we follow a progression of ambitious and challenging programmes at Crossley Hall, children move off one programme and onto another when they are ready. While we follow a ‘what to teach when’ order, there is no ‘set’ date when children have to move on and do only move when they are skilled and confident!