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Writing at The Pines


“If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot, and write a lot.”  Stephen King


Vision and Intent

Our vision is for children to become confident writers who are engaged in their writing. The skills taught and developed during their time at The Pines will improve their opportunities in the future.


We aim to:

  • Produce extended pieces of writing for a variety of purposes.
  • Consistently expose children to high quality spoken and written language which they are able to apply to their own work.
  • Develop oral language skills so children can talk and write in grammatically correct sentences.
  • Grow reflective writers who are able to edit and improve their own work.
  • Explicitly teach the skills needed to produce great writing, including spelling and handwriting.


Our Curriculum Drivers are reflected through our Writing curriculum as it:

Develops their understanding of THEIR PLACE IN OUR WORLD by exploring stories from other cultures and writing for a range of audience and purposes

Gives children the skills needed in LANGUAGE AND ORACY so they are able to communicate 

Encourages children to improve their LEARNING SKILLS with opportunities to edit and improve their writing

Gives children the tools to be creative and encourages self-expression which supports our HEALTHY MIND driver




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.

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