Early writing begins with mark making and patterns and children wanting to share what they have to say through writing. They are then taught about letters and letter strings to represent sounds and how to combine these into words; from here they combine words into simple sentence and their writing journey has begun.
As pupils progress into KS1, they continue to be taught and practise the mechanics of writing whilst beginning to learn the features of different genres, in order to write in a particular style. Genres are introduced progressively in specific year groups and build on previous learning.
English lessons often centre around a quality children’s book, and writing activities are often linked to these texts. On other occasions, topics in other subjects (e.g. History or Geography) may provide the stimulus for writing.
When learning to write in a particular genre, the model below is followed within a sequence of lessons: