At Bishop Bridgeman, we believe that the mastery of written language is one of the most powerful gifts that we can provide to our children. We believe that writing should be purposeful, rich and enjoyable for all. Writing at Bishop Bridgeman is delivered through an exciting and engaging curriculum which is taught from Reception to Year 6. As the National Curriculum for writing sets out, children should learn about transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

In Key Stage 1 and 2 writing is taught through the use of high quality texts and a recognised teaching sequence. Quality texts provide a stimulus for all children to develop their writing across different text types. 'Talk for writing' is used to allow children to interact and engage with the text. Activities such as book talk, writer talk, story telling, role play, drama and word and language games are an important part of the writing process. Once children have gathered ideas and planned their writing, teachers model writing to support the writing process. After writing, children are given an opportunity to edit and redraft their work through targeted individual peer and teacher marking. Whenever possible writing with a clear purpose is the priority as we find this leads to better outcomes and engagement.

The importance of legible handwriting can not be underestimated. We follow the handwriting scheme 'Pen Pals' from Cambridge University Press This allows us to teach handwriting in a fun, interactive way. It helps the children develop a fluent, confident handwriting style. Flexible, fluent and legible handwriting allows children to write with confidence. Handwriting develops best when it is taught frequently for short periods of time which is the approach at Bishop Bridgeman. We also celebrate the quality of children’s handwriting through a pen licence reward.