Mrs Lauer

is the person in charge of Writing at Grange Primary Academy.

At Grange Primary Academy we have a bespoke writing journey from EYFS through to Year 6.  Within this journey the children focus on poetry, fiction and non fiction in an engaging, creative and meaningful way.  Children write for a known audience and develop skills to write for different audiences with our older children also focusing upon the tone of their writing.

The teaching sequence not only develops the children’s writing skills, it also teaches them to become critical readers, reading their writing from both a writer’s point of view and a reader’s. High quality examples of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, provide the children with models to learn and apply to their own writing. Drama is used to support the children explore these texts, engaging with the characters and improving their understanding and use of vocabulary.


At Grange Primary Academy we follow the Kinetic Letters Handwriting Scheme.

It is based on ensuring the children have the strength in their bodies, arms, wrists, hands and fingers to prepare them for the skill of handwriting. 

The underlying principles of Kinetic Letters

  • Building physical strength underpins handwriting, as poor writing may be due to poor strength.
  • Children are not expected to do anything before they are developmentally ready for it.
  • The different components of writing are mastered individually before being used in combination.
  • Letters are learnt as movements not as visual shapes and movement remains central to developing flow and accuracy.
  • When handwriting is automatic, the brain can concentrate on content.
  • Reading and writing are a reciprocal process and so strengthening handwriting skills will support reading and writing development as a whole.

As part of this we have been doing lots of activities that will make our bodies stronger for writing. You could try some of these activities at home as well!

  • We do some of our writing lying on our tummies, resting on our elbows with our legs out straight; we call this our strong body position. We also do our writing with the whiteboards stuck onto the wall as this builds strength in our core, which helps to support a comfortable and strong writing position at the tables.
  • We like to do lots of climbing on apparatus to make our shoulders strong. You could do this by going on the monkey bars at the park. We are also becoming experts at the ‘plank’ position and chair push ups.
  • To make our ‘three friends’ (thumb and first two fingers on our writing hand) really strong we have been doing lots of pinching and squeezing activities using rubber bands, pegs, play dough, foam shapes and tweezers and threading activities.

Once the children learn to form the letters, they hear stories about Brave Monkey and Scared Monkey who help them to know where to start their letters. We use special whiteboards to give the children a prompt to remember this.

Ask your child about Brave and Scared Monkey to find out more!


At Grange Primary Academy we use the Sounds Write Spelling programe to help our children learn and develop their spelling skills.  The programe ensures consistency from KS1 in to KS2, using the Sounds Write way that are children are already familiar with.

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