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The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed similarly to those for reading:

  • Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)


Transcription includes Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Handwriting.

Spelling is taught through the daily phonics lessons in Reception and Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 spelling is taught weekly in the SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar lessons).  Weekly spellings are also given as part of Home Learning. They may be linked to topic learning or be specific pattern or spelling rules which the children have been asked to learn.


Grammar and Punctuation skills are taught regularly in English lessons and also discretely in Key Stage 2.

Handwriting skills are taught at Cranborne First using the Cranborne Cursive Script. The letters are taught as single letters at first and gradually become joined up writing. The capital letters do not join lower case letters. This form of cursive writing encourages the children to write fluently and also supports the development of spellings when learning patterns and letter strings.