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Fred fingers


In Reception, children are taught the phonemes following Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds in Read, Write Inc. Once they have been taught a sound in class, it is sent home.

Early spelling strategies are taught using Fred talk and Fred fingers to say and count the phonemes (sounds) within a word. 

Younger children have red word (words which cannot be decoded) practice books to take home and are expected to practice writing the red words from their Read Write Inc books.

Older children are taught spelling daily in small groups following Read Write Inc spelling. Children are taught spelling rules systematically and complete units of work to consolidate their learning. They have spelling log books, which they use to practice their spellings at home.

RWI spelling
Big ideas writing

What is writing?

  • Transcription (handwriting and spelling, understanding the connection between sounds and letters)
  • Composition (forming, articulating, communicating and organising ideas for a reader)

In KS1 I will:

In KS2 I will:

·         Form letters that are evenly sized and numerals correctly

·         Segment words to spell them and spell some common exception words

·         Use full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, commas in lists and apostrophes

·         Orally compose sentences and organise sequences of sentences

·         Write narratives, about real events, poetry and write for a purpose

·         Use adjectives, subordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (and, but, so, or)

·         Use past and present tenses correctly

·         Evaluate, proof-read and check writing makes sense

Use prefixes and suffixes, spell words with ‘silent’ letters, distinguish between homophones, use a dictionary to check spellings of words

Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed

Plan writing for an audience, using model texts for reference, researching and noting vocabulary and ideas

Draft writing by selecting vocabulary, grammar, describe settings, character and atmosphere, use paragraphs, organise and structure ideas (e.g. with bullet points and headings)

Evaluate and edit writing, change vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to improve effect

Spell check and proof-read punctuation

Use a variety of punctuation


At Boscastle, we teach children in Early Years to form letters as they are taught the letter sounds, using the Read Write Inc letter formation rhymes. 

Once they are forming most letters correctly, children are taught to add anchors and are expected to use joined writing from Year 2. Once children are writing with their letters evenly sized, correctly using ascenders and descenders and joining, they are given a pen pass so they can use a pen for written work

Handwriting is practiced daily in all classes.