To celebrate children’s achievements in Writing, children are awarded the title of ‘Super Writers’.
Teachers select Super Writer’s in their class to wear a special Super Writer cape and mask for the day so that their achievement is recognised by everyone at school.
At the end of each half term, teachers select a Super Writer from each class to share their work in assembly and take home a special Super Writer certificate.
In EYFS and KS1 we use the RWI scheme for Handwriting to ensure that children build up their handwriting skills every day. Children in KS1 have a minimum of 3 handwriting sessions per week. The scheme makes the physical process of writing enjoyable from the start, so children see themselves as ‘writers’. We use mnemonics – memory pictures – to help children visualise the letter or join before they write it down.
There are three handwriting stages:
Stage 1 – In Stage 1a, children practise correct letter formation. In Stage 1b, children learn where to place the letters on the writing line.
Stage 2 – Children learn a mature style of writing that will lead to joined-up writing.
Stage 3 – Children learn the two basic joins: the arm join (diagonal) and the washing line join (horizontal) and the two variables for each join.
In KS1 we follow the Nelson Spelling which provides a whole-school programme for the teaching of spelling from Reception–Year 6. It is fully matched to the National Curriculum outlined in the following document – Spelling.
Nelson Spelling Scheme introduces spelling rules, structures and patterns in small steps and offers three levels of differentiation, with plenty of writing practice and a clear record of progress for every child. At Altmore, children in KS1 are taught a spelling rule every Monday and then have homework for the week, practising this rule and applying it on a Friday in a spelling test.