Gateway to writing
These materials will support you in teaching writing to Early Years children and also address the specific needs of boys. The materials include examples of effective practice and writing samples that show clear progression in children's developing skills. They highlight the importance of the four interdependent strands of language development and the crucial role of practitioners in supporting children's education and development.
Identify your priorities (DOC-42 KB) Attachments will help you to identify or confirm the main areas for development in your Early Years setting. You can find examples of effective practice within The role of Early Years practitioners.
You can use this self-evaluation form to reflect on your writing provision and identify the main areas that need development.
Find out how you can support and develop children's skills, enthusiasm and enjoyment in writing.
- Encouraging children to write
- The complexity of writing
- Developing language skills
- Writing as a spontaneous event in play
- Creating a community of writers in the Reception class
- Sustaining children's interest in writing
- The role-play area: Modelling writing for a purpose
- Strategies to help children understand the act of writing
- Involving parents
These materials will support you in teaching writing to boys in the Early Years, and help you improve their engagement, motivation and attainment in writing. This includes resources to help you review writing and role-play provision for boys, and identify key actions and areas for development.
Find additional support to help you in developing the handwriting skills of children in Reception classes. These materials look in more detail at development of good gross and fine motor control, recognition of pattern, a language to talk about shapes and movements, and the main handwriting movements involved in the three basic letter shapes.
- What can I teach about handwriting in the EYFS?
- When can I introduce handwriting?
- How does handwriting practice link into emergent writing?
- Using 'shape families' to teach letter formation
- Why is good posture important?
- Should I use formal worksheets to teach handwriting?
- Why is a good pencil grip important?
- When can I introduce joined-up writing?
Read about how you can support children's understanding of what sentences are, and find examples of group activities you can use to help develop this understanding.
Find answers to some questions commonly asked by practitioners to help you in supporting young children's writing.