Writing 5-7 years

A sample of the start of writing ‘news’ or a story

Monday 2nd September

This is my new swing in my garden.


 Writing Stories Five year olds will be encouraged to talk about exciting happenings. This may be a birthday, an outing, a festival, the weather or whatever is topical on the day. They will then be encouraged to draw a picture of this event and with the help of the teacher at the beginning, they will write a few words relating to this event. In school this is commonly known as ‘writing their news’.

As the child progresses at reading, phonics and writing the stories will become longer and more involved.

Children will have word books in which the teacher writes the spelling of the word asked for by the child. These books usually have a page for each letter alphabetically arranged. Children are encouraged to have the book open at the page relevant to the first letter of the word.

Help your child have fun writing

Children’s handwriting starts with painting and holding crayons and then develops with increased dexterity according to the fine motor skills of the child. Some children find these skills easier than others so try, try and try again is the answer. It does take patience on behalf of the mother, teacher or other adult but eventually there is reward and satisfaction for the child’s entire effort and your perseverance

Handwriting The beginnings of writing are described in the section on writing for 3 to 5 year olds. It is essential that daily handwriting skills are still maintained. This ensures that the child does not lapse into lazy habits or start forming the letters incorrectly.

As soon as the child is ready writing on a line will be introduced. This is done formally in schools in handwriting lessons. Many schools still have handwriting books with different coloured lines.

The five year old is now beginning cursive writing. This is where one letter is joined to another. It starts gradually as shown above and when the child is ready they will join the letters together.

Spellings These may begin in Reception or Year 1. Parents can help by teaching spellings at home. The first words to be learnt are used based on the first phonics.

The first sounds to be taught in Jolly Phonics are SATIPN which enables the children to read words such as sat/ is/ pat/at/ pit etc.

Or bat/ mat/ sat /cat etc. These should be written as well as spelt orally

The days of the week will be read and used daily. The constant use in reading and writing of these ensures that they are learnt.

Children will do topic work and this may be based on the family. They will be asked for pictures of the family and will construct a page something like this.

My Mum She is called Ruth
She likes apples, sweetcorn and coffee.
Other people He is called David
He likes football, cricket and hamburgers.

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