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At St Peter & St Paul Primary School, the skills of mark-making, leading right through to cursive writing are fundamentally important to the way that children express themselves. Handwriting is taught across the school so that by the end of year 6 the pupils are confident and fluent writers.

Writing is taught across the school in a variety of ways, both in literacy lessons and also the wider curriculum. The fundamentals of spelling, punctuation and grammar are built into the writing process and support the creative process, through prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The love of language is extremely important within the teaching process and children are encouraged to be adventurous with their vocabulary choices. 

Writing tasks are wide-ranging, from 'real reasons for writing' to fantastical fiction. Children will work on their own, in pairs or in groups to work through ideas, to critique their own or each other's writing and reflect on their strengths and areas for development. We encourage them to be bold and ambitious with their work and to take a genuine care in what they do. 

Speaking & Listening

In order for children to be confident readers and expressive writers they also need to be articulate speakers. The modelling of clear speech and expression is therefore pivotal in the development of the children's literacy skills. At St Peter & St Paul we take time to encourage the children to expressive themselves clearly, to orally rehearse what they want to say before they commit their ideas to paper and to listen carefully when other people are speaking. 

Hearing texts being read aloud is very important at St Peter & St Paul. We expect time in the school day to be given to this, so children can hear the impact of words and how they affect the listener as well as the reader. Both adults and children are encouraged to read aloud on a daily basis and we feel this has a significant impact on both reading and writing. 

Drama, role play and assemblies are just some of the other mechanisms that are used to develop confident, mature and expressive pupils in our school. 

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