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Writing

Writing at Wood Bank School is interpreted as an activity that communicates and records events, experiences, information, thoughts and feelings. The most appropriate form of recording should be selected according to pupil’s need for example, using objects, picture, photographs, symbols and text, drawing, typing and ICT, working with an adult as a scribe or a combination of these. For those children ready to access more formal handwriting sessions, they will follow Nelsons Handwriting Scheme.

Writing at Wood Bank will involve a range of activities such as:

  • Pre-writing activities/mark marking.
  • Development of gross/fine motor activities to promote skill development.
  • Opportunities to see text (symbols, photos and words) being constructed.
  • Word, symbol, object, sound and letter matching.
  • Consistent and correct modelling of letter formation.
  • Use of ICT hardware (e.g. switches, microphones, keyboards) and software to record information.

Gross Motor Skills

Gross Motor skills are those which require whole body movement, and which involve the large muscles of the body. They are used to perform everyday functions at school, home and out in the community. Example movements/activities that include use of gross motor skills include: sitting up, maintaining head posture reaching with arms, crawling, standing, walking, running and jumping. They also include hand-eye coordination skills such as ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking) as well as riding a bike and swimming). Gross motor skills are also related to other skills such as balance, coordination and body awareness. The gross motor skills involved in handwriting mainly refer to the postural control that is required for writing. Efficient control of the larger muscle groups in the neck, shoulder and trunk is necessary to maintain stability in order for the fingers and hands to move to complete the handwriting task

Examples:

  • Dancing (The Learning Station and Wake Up Shake Up)
  • Completing the Daily Mile
  • Accessing playground equipment such as the slide and/or swing
  • Rolling out playdough
  • Setting up an obstacle course that uses equipment e.g. crawl through a tunnel, travel over climbing apparatus.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor skills are important to the development of early writing skills. They are important skills for performing everyday tasks such as writing, cutting, construction, dressing and using cutlery. Fine motor skills involve the use of smaller muscle of the hands through coordination of the brain. They are built on gross motor skills that involve the whole body and larger muscles (see gross motor section). The development of fine motor skills not only contributes to a child’s academic progress but also their independence and ability to complete tasks.

Examples:

  • Connecting Lego bricks/duplo/train tracks
  • Shape sorters
  • Threading activities with a string and beads/large buttons
  • Pipe cleaners into a colander/cardboard tubes
  • Posting activities
  • Using children’s scissors with adult supervision
  • Playdough and tools
  • Dough Disco

Mark Making

Mark making is an important part of the development of early writing skills. Marks can be made in a variety of different media with a variety of different tools.

Examples:

  • Water and a paintbrush outside.
  • Chalk, felt tips, crayons, bingo dabbers and paint.
  • Using tools (paintbrush/spoon etc), hands and fingers to make marks in;
  • Flour
  • Rice
  • Sand
  • Shaving foam
  • Hot chocolate powder
  • Jelly
  • Play dough

For more information please see the schools Literacy Policy or contact Jess Andrews (Literacy coordinator).