Fryent Primary School

Excellence in Everything

Church Lane, Kingsbury, London, NW9 8JD, United Kingdom






Writing is more than putting words on paper. Your child needs to think about what to write; say what they want to write, write it down and re-read their writing. It is a balancing act between having wonderful ideas (creativity), organising their ideas and the ability to put these exciting ideas onto paper (handwriting and spelling).


At Fryent we are proud to encourage children to:

  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding using a range of independent strategies to self - monitor and self- correct
  • Have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • Understand a range of text types and genre and be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation
  • Developing powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses


Modelled Writing

The teacher talks aloud the thought processes as a writer. They have complete control over the writing and make explicit the structure, language features, spelling and punctuation of the text type.


Shared Writing

This is a collaborative approach; pupils contribute their ideas and thoughts for the teacher to select the most appropriate. The teacher needs to give reasons for the choices made.


Supported Composition

The children work in pairs to provide the next sentence of the text. This may follow from either modelled or the shared writing process.


Guided Writing

Pupils are grouped by writing ability. The teacher works with each group in rotation during the week. The task is carefully selected to provide an appropriate level of challenge and will focus on a particular aspect of the writing process as opposed to writing a complete piece. Tasks may include the processes of planning, drafting and editing pieces of writing.


Independent Writing

Children are given opportunities to apply their understanding of the text type in their own writing. This is vitally important if children are to develop their skills as writers within different genres.


For information on how we teach spelling, handwriting and grammar in Key Stage One, Click here.


For information on how we teach spelling, handwriting and grammar in Key Stage Two, Click here.



How to support your child’s writing at home:


As your child becomes a better writer they will need to:

  1. Write varied sentences, including complex sentences.
  2. Write sentences which are grammatically correct and punctuated.
  3. Organise, structure and sequence their writing.
  4. Use paragraphs.
  5. Produce writing which is imaginative, interesting and thoughtful.
  6. Produce writing which suits the task, the purpose and the audience.
  7. Use and select exciting and appropriate vocabulary
  8. Use correct spelling
  9. Develop good handwriting and present their work well.




What does writing need?


Clear thinking. Sometimes your child needs to have his/her memory refreshed about a past event in order to write about it.

Sufficient time. Children may have `stories in their heads' but need time to think them through and write them down.

A Meaningful Task. A child needs meaningful, not artificial writing tasks. You'll find suggestions for such tasks in the section, "Things to do."

Interest. All the time in the world won't help if there is nothing to write, nothing to say. Some of the reasons for writing include: sending messages, keeping records, expressing feelings, or relaying information.

Practice. And more practice.

Revising. Children need experience in revising their work – for example, seeing what they can do to make it clearer, more descriptive, more concise…


Things to do at home!


  • Exchange Post-it notes with your children. Put the notes on pillowcases or lunch boxes or any surprise location!
  • Help your child assemble photo albums of family events and write captions.
  • Ask children to put their wishes and wants into writing and suggest how they may work toward or contribute to getting what they want.
  • Help your child create a family newsletter or website to share with family members near and far.
  • Suggest that your children write postcards to themselves when they are away from home. When they receive  their own postcards in the post, they will have a souvenir of their trip.
  • Make writing practical and useful by having children write grocery and task lists, reminders and phone messages, instructions for caring for pets, or directions for getting to the park.
  • Encourage your child to keep a diary.
  • Suggest note-taking on trips or outings.
  • Use games to help increase your child’s vocabulary. Try crossword puzzles, word games, anagrams…
  • Encourage your child to write to relatives


For advice on helping your child with Writing Click here.


For information on how we teach spelling, handwriting and grammar in Key Stage One, Click here.


For information on how we teach spelling, handwriting and grammar in Key Stage Two, Click here.