Writing focuses on transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

Children need to develop their competence in both of these areas. They also learn how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.

Writing down ideas fluently requires effective transcription. The children need to know the relationship between sounds and letters(phonics), understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure)of words.

Effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and the organising them coherently for the reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Writing also depends on fluent and legible handwriting.


The Nelson style of handwriting is taught.

Initially the children begin to form letters individually and understand which letters belong to which handwriting families. During year 2 they will start to add strokes needed to join letters and by the end of year 4 all children will be expected to join their handwriting. Once they have shown that they can produce good handwriting they will be awarded with a pen licence.

Nelson style handwriting practice document