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St Sebastian's CofE Primary School

Together in Faith, We Aspire to Achieve Excellence

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  • Text-led learning journeys with a clear end point, based on Jane Considine's approach 'The Write Stuff'.

  • Writing and grammar is planned progressively with many opportunities to revisit learning through spaced practise, enabling children to know and remember more. 

  • Opportunities to apply taught knowledge in other areas of the curriculum


  • Daily Phonics sessions throughout EYFS/KS1, following the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme where spelling is taught and practised. 

  • Little Wandle Letters and Sounds interventions are in place for those children at risk of not keeping up.

  • Spelling is taught four times a week for 15-20 minutes throughout KS2 using the Active Spelling approach.

  • Precision teaching is in place for those children who need extra spelling support in KS2. 


  • Handwriting is taught in discrete lessons using Penpals throughout school. Penpals offers clear progression through five developmental stages: physical preparation for handwriting; securing correct letter formation; beginning to join along, securing the joins and practising speed, fluency and developing a personal style.

  • Opportunities for consolidation of handwriting is encouraged throughout the wider curriculum with handwriting expectations agreed and constant.