Updated: Oct 26, 2020
Last week we looked at some great examples of our numeracy programme in action. This week I'd like to share with you some examples of our literacy programme, with a particular focus on writing.
At Island Bay School, writing is an intrinsic part of more or less everything your child does, whether it's as part of their inquiry projects, writing out maths problems, or standard hand writing practice. In this digital age, where keyboard and typing skills are crucial, writing skills are equally, if not more important to master for brain and fine motor skill development.
Writing is a terrific way for children to express their thoughts, creativity, and uniqueness. It is also a fundamental way in which children learn to organize ideas.
And learning to write well helps children to be better readers.
When engaging in writing, young children often mirror what they see around them: adults and older children writing lists, letters, text messaging. They are observing the way writing is used in our everyday lives.
The aim of writing instruction is to build students’ accuracy, their fluency, and their ability to create meaningful text.
Writing follows the following tasks within a school setting:
Year 1- Students will independently write simple texts.
Year 2 - Students will understand their purpose for writing and will independently write simple texts.
Year 3 - Students will independently write texts for a range of different purposes linked to the curriculum.
Year 4 - Students will independently write texts for a range of purposes across the curriculum that include recounting, describing, narrating, reporting, or explaining ideas and information.
Year 5&6 - Students will independently write texts for a range of purposes across the curriculum that include recounting, describing, narrating, reporting, arguing, and explaining ideas and information.