“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”

by Beatrix Potter

Why we teach your child to write:

At Wilberforce Primary we are committed to developing children into confident, fluent writers, equipped with life-long written communication skills. We want all children to leave with a positive attitude towards and stamina for writing, setting them up for future success at school and beyond.

What our curriculum looks like:

Writing is a core component of the primary curriculum and our carefully constructed writing curriculum supports children to write in a variety of different contexts, encouraging children to think deeply about the choices they make as writers. The curriculum is sequenced from EYFS to Y6. At Wilberforce, we teach writing by studying a wide variety of different writing genres, supporting children to develop the ability to write for a range of different purposes. Within each year group, curriculum objectives have been carefully matched to each writing genre, building upon children’s prior knowledge.

How we teach writing:

At Wilberforce, the teaching and learning sequence for each genre of writing has been carefully planned to enable children to become confident, independent and reflective writers. Through each learning sequence, children are explicitly taught to:

  • think about the intended impact on the reader;
  • analyse models of excellence and identify key features of the writing genre;
  • use effective vocabulary and grammatical structures in their writing to create a specific impact;
  • structure and organise their writing to suit the particular text type;
  • plan their writing in an organised and effective way;
  • develop excellent transcription skills, ensuring that writing is presentable and correctly punctuated;
  • re-read, edit and improve their writing;
  • reflect on the effectiveness of their writing choices.

We use the Nelson Handwriting scheme to teach handwriting.

How you can help your child at home

EYFS and KS1:

  • Practise handwriting and letter formation sent home as part of your child’s home learning.
  • Practise spellings sent home with home learning.
  • Develop a love of writing and writing stamina by encouraging your child to keep a daily diary.
  • Read with your child every day and discuss why the text is interesting and engaging to read – which words do they like? Why?


  • Continue to practise handwriting and spelling sent home as part of home learning.
  • Continue to read with your child every day at home. Reading skills support children with recognising specific features of writing. Discuss the impact of the writing on the reader – what makes the text effective?
  • Use Bedrock Learning at home to build vocabulary and deepen your child’s understanding of grammatical devices.

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