Writing in EYFS and KS1

Early writing in EYFS and KS1 taught through Read Write Inc. The children are taught to use the sounds that have learnt in reading to write words and then progress onto writing sentences. The children’s writing is very closely linked to their reading level to allow them time to embed the sounds that they have been learning.

Talk for Writing Across the Whole School

At Illogan, we use the Talk for Writing approach to teach writing across the whole school. This writing approach focuses on learning a story and immersing the children in rich vocabulary and sentence structure before using this story as a base for inventing their own stories. We also use this approach for teaching and learning how to write non-fiction texts. In EYFS, we focus on speaking the story and then offer writing opportunities when the children are ready through continuous provision. Please see the link below to find out a little more about Talk for Writing.

Talk for Writing

Below are some examples of story maps that the children have used to learn and then write their own stories.


Each half term, the children learn poems linked to their class topics. The children also have the opportunity to create their own poetry based upon these topics.


In KS1 and KS2 the children have spellings to practise and learn in school and at home. Each week, the children will learn a new spelling rule and their weekly spellings fit this rule. We use the Spelling Shed scheme and all children from Y1-Y6 will have logins for this site.

How to help my child with spellings.

To help your child learn their spellings, please login to Spelling Shed and have a go at some of the spelling activities every week. New spelling activities will be set by your child’s class teacher weekly. See below for a link to the Spelling Shed website. We also send home a spelling sheet every week. You could support your child by discussing the spelling rule with them and helping them to fill in the spelling sheet.


As well as learning spellings that link to a spelling rule, the children will learn common exception words. These words don’t fit a spelling rule and therefore need to be learnt independently. Please see below for the common exception words that the children will learn to spell by the end of the year for each year group. You can help your children at home by learning to spell a few words per week.


The children start learning to form letters through Read Write Inc. lessons in EYFS. They have the opportunity to practise forming letters daily during these lessons. The children also enjoy practising letter formation through continuous provision. Please see the picture below for the Read Write Inc. letter formation rhymes that we teach the children.

In Year 1 up to Year 6, the children have regular handwriting lessons. In Year 1, the children build upon the letter formation that they have learnt in EYFS. From Year 2 to Year 6, the children learn to join their handwriting.

How to help my child with their handwriting.

Practise letter formation or joins with your child. In EYFs, practise starting letters in the correct place and saying the rhyme as you form the letter. From year 1 up to year 6, have a look at the handwriting progression below. Practise the letter formation or joins for your child’s year group. When writing, please remember that your child needs to be sitting on a chair with their feet on the floor and practising writing on a line rather than plain paper.

If you have any questions about handwriting, please ask your child’s class teacher. They will be more than happy to help.