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Improving Writing

 

We are constantly striving to empower our children as writers through the development of secure writing skills.

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You can help your child to develop their writing skills in a range of ways but providing them with a range of opportunities to write is paramount.

Here are some ideas about how you can support your child to improve their writing:

  • ALWAYS start each sentence with a capital letter and end with a full stop

 

  • talk about the ways to make a sentence more interesting eg:
  • start with a core sentence and see how you can develop it

     Sarah went for a walk.             

     Sarah went for long walk.       

     Sarah went for a long walk to the park.

     Sarah decided to go for a long walk to the park. 

     Sarah decided to go for a long walk to the park with her friend.    

 

  • talk about different ways to start a sentence
  • the start of a sentence sets the scene and prepares the reader for what is to come
  • look through story books and find different sentence openers
  • start with your core sentence and see how you can improve the opener

     Sarah went for a walk.

     It was a sunny day so Sarah went for a walk.

     Sarah did not like being indoors so she went for a walk.

     Hoping to meet some friends Sarah went for a walk.

     Even though it was very early in the morning, Sarah went for a walk.

    

Adjectives are great tools to improve a sentence and make it more interesting for the reader.  Eg:

     The boy hurried back into the house.

     The little boy hurried back into the house.

     The little boy hurried back into the warm house.

     The little, tearful boy hurried back into the warm house.   (Notice the comma to separate the adjectives).

     After falling off the swing and hurting his knee, the little, tearful boy hurried back into the warm house. (The   

     change to sentence opener adds information  and therefore interest).