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Helping your child with word and sentence writing in Reception 


In Reception it is important children learn to apply their phonic knowledge to their writing, without adult support.

In our school the children don't do any "copy writing"- which is when an adult writes a word or sentence out for the children to copy. 

The adults teach and encourage the children to stretch out the words that they are trying to write, then write down the sounds that they hear. The words might not be spelt correctly, but this is OK. What we want to see is a "plausible attempt".

When writing a sentence, the children may need support with what words will be included in their sentence, they are then encouraged to write it themselves, with the adults reminding them to start a sentence and name with a capital letter and to leave a finger between each new word and to put an full stop at the end of the sentence. The adult might also remind them what word comes next in their sentence, but the children are encouraged to read their sentences back to help with this.  


There are some useful websites below that offer further guidance and ideas. As a year group staff will add writing task to this section, that the children can complete in their home learning book. 


On this page writing tasks will be uploaded for the children to complete in their home learning book.