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Writing in Early Years


It all begins with mark making! The children are encouraged to make marks in sand, water, on paper or even on the walls! Once we are confident in mark-making, we then progress to producing lines, circles and swirls which eventually develop into letters. Next, we focus on applying our phonics knowledge to form the correct letters to accompany each sound.


In Years 2-6, children follow the No Nonsense Literacy Programme, which is a series of stimulating, hands-on learning activities based on high-quality texts that model effective and exciting writing to develop reading, writing, listening and grammar skills.


Benefits of No Nonsense Literacy


  • Children are immersed in high quality fiction and non-fiction texts which form the basis of their writing
  • Children are taught to learn from the text, practise their new skills and then apply them in an independent piece of writing
  • The writing tasks cover the grammar and punctuation aspects of the new statutory assessments; raising attainment for all children.
  • The texts can be used and adapted for different year groups, so they are exposed to a wider range of texts


No Nonsense Spelling


Years 2-6 take part in No nonsense spelling, which is a spelling programme designed to teach children a variety of different strategies to learn their spellings. For 20 minutes a day, children will be taught spelling knowledge and conventions, patterns and rules, which they will then apply to their writing. They will focus on learning their year group’s statutory words, common exception words and personal spellings in a fun and engaging way.




Once we are confident with forming our letters, we follow the Nelson handwriting scheme. Nelson handwriting is a whole-school programme designed to help all children develop a confident, legible and personal handwriting style and meet higher curriculum expectations. Being able to write fluently helps make the act of writing more enjoyable, If you are able to write with ease, you are able to spend more time thinking about what you want to write, rather than how to form your letters correctly and on the line.

Once children have fully mastered the skill of handwriting, they can achieve their pen licence and have the privilege of using a pen in their work.