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Our Writing Vision at The Pines

Children are in engaged in their writing. They are able to produce extended pieces of writing for a variety of purposes. Pupils are consistently exposed to high quality spoken and written language which they are able to apply to their own work. They are able to talk and write in grammatically correct sentences and are reflective writers who are able to edit and improve their own work. Throughout the school, they are explicitly taught the skills needed to produce great writing, including spelling and handwriting.


Teaching Writing at The Pines

Writing is taught using the Talk for Writing approach in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at The Pines. Foundation Stage also use elements of this approach when introducing children to writing.

“The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.”

Children are taught to write for a range of purposes and audiences.


2 Year Cycle of Writing Genres






  • Traditional Tales – fairy tales
  • Stories with recurring phrases
  • Traditional tales – folk tales and fables
  • Recount
  • Report
  • Instructions
  • Explanation
  • Structural – shape, acrostic


  • Traditional tales – myths and legends
  • Playscript
  • Adventure stories
  • Fantasy stories
  • Recount
  • Newspaper reports 
  • Instructions
  • Non-chronological report
  • Persuasion
  • Explanation
  • Structural – shape, acrostic, haiku, cinquain, limericks
  • Narrative
  • Performance poetry


  • Mystery stories
  • Traditional tales – myths and legends
  • Fantasy (e.g. time-travel story)
  • Historical recount
  • Biographies
  • Discussion
  • Newspaper reports
  • Non-chronological report
  • Persuasion
  • Explanation
  • Free verse
  • Narrative


At The Pines, there is a weekly spelling focus in all Key Stage 2 classes, whilst Key Stage 1 and EYFS predominately follow a phonics programme. The spellings taught follow the National Curriculum guidance, building on from phonics.


It is the aim of The Pines that every child develops a fluent, legible style of handwriting.

  • Capital and lower-case letters are taught to be used appropriately and the letter size should be consistent.
  • We provide opportunities for children to develop, practise and perfect skills and provide targeted support to any child experiencing difficulty.
  • Staff teach and model the Nelson font (see Appendix 3).
  • In Foundation Stage, children develop hand eye co-ordination, gross and fine motor skills to support handwriting. Handwriting is implemented in EYFS as follows:
      • Children use a range of tools to develop drawing lines and circles using gross motor skills e.g. swirling ribbons, batting balls, painting.
      • Children use a range of materials to develop fine motor skills e.g. wax crayons, markers, pencils, sponges, chunky brushes, cotton wool balls, shaving foam, finger paints, etc.
      • Children practice manipulative skills e.g. cooking, playing with constructions, threading and playing instruments.
      • Children use variety of tools and paper, indoors and outdoors for purposeful writing. e.g. role play, labelling, making cards.
      • Children physically develop the movements of letter shapes using gross motor skills (linked to music and sounds) to gain confidence with the basic movements and flow of writing.
      •  Children are introduced to letters in line with their phonics programme.