Improve writing within Primary schools

How to encourage and improve writing within Primary schools.

Do you know how to improve writing within Primary schools? Here we have 10 tips/resources for teaching staff to improve writing for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils.

Did you know that today is national writing day? Importantly, we celebrate it nationally in schools to encourage more writing. Firstly, we all know how much the pandemic has affected lost learning for children. However, recent research suggests a lot more needs to be done to improve writing within primary schools.

Surprisingly, you may be unaware that according to a DfE paper, writing is the subject with the worst performance compared to other subjects.  So in other words, writing performance is worse when compared with reading, maths, and science at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You maybe interested to learn more about the DfE report on ‘What is the research evidence on writing.’ If you want to read to the full article then click here.

Conveniently, we have put together a list of teaching resources to assist teaching staff to improve writing within Primary school. Did you know that research indicates that 2 out of 5 children enjoy writing outside of school? Importantly, those that write more and enjoy it, have better writing skills and better mental wellbeing.

Supply Primary Teacher resources for writing in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 
  1. If you want to learn about Cressida Cowell’s best 3 writing tips (of ‘How to train your dragon’), click here
  2. To find out about how using a notebook can help with writing, by Cressida Cowell, click here
  3. Do you find that your students get stuck with writing? If so, the why not read our tips on where to start when you are stuck. Click here
  4. If you are looking for ideas and tips to encourage journal writing that can be linked to other parts of the curriculum, click here
  5. You many want to access a list of templates on letter writing. We have included ideas and approach to write to someone in a care home, click here.
  6. If you want to access a link to Young Writers who hold regular competitions across a variety of age ranges, click here
  7. Why not encourage pupils to take part in the Young Wild Writer Competition? Entries can be in any genre – poem, prose, article, or diary. In addition, there are two primary age categories: 5-8 and 9-12. Remember the deadline for entries is on 10th July 2022. Click here for more information.
  8. If you are a supply primary school teacher, you may want a quick fix to get pupils started. So here we have access to story board templates to help pupils get started, click here
    Are interested in a tutoring role?

    Additionally, if you are interested in helping pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, you may want to explore a tutoring role. Importantly, you may also be interested in our literacy programme. Therefore, you can visit our website section about our tutoring programme.  You may not know that we recruit tutors for ‘Tutoring with the Lightning Squad’ in conjunction with FFT; why not visit our website tutoring page.