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Parental Support: readers become writers

Wherever you can, please support your child to help them meet the heightened expectation in literacy with confidence. Please see your child's teacher (or Miss Haji or Mrs Emery) if you would like specific advice as to how you could help your child at home to meet these writing targets, or with any other area of literacy. Reading - anything and often - remains the crucial skill that is essential when developing literacy and is fundamental in developing writing skills. Knowledge of the world is crucial to understanding what is being read, so whilst fiction is very enjoyable and often the 'go to' when providing reading material for children, non-fiction topic-related reading should not be overlooked. As with all learning, writing should be fun and playing games is an excellent way to approach this with your child whilst also helping them to acquire new vocabulary and skills.


Nursery and Foundation Stage children are always busy learning nursery rhymes.  Perhaps you could ask at home if your child can sing these to you - to help promote this life skill and love of learning. If you need access to resources, rhymes and songs are available in the Spoken Language section of our page.

Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written a number of books about the teaching of writing. He is best known within the teaching profession for creating the Talk for Writing approach to learning; an approach we support in all year groups. A lack of skill when constructing sentences is too often a frustrating stumbling block for children. The tips and advice within Corbett's sentence and writing games promotes an oral, short-burst and repetitive approach that appeals to learners of all ages. Creativity games aims to link children's spoken language with writing. Making links between strands of English learning and repetition are effective in engaging children in their own learning and helping them to master the basic essential skills necessary to support their creativity, this is especially important for emerging learners.


At Hardwick and Cambourne CP School we follow a continuous cursive (looped) style. We start this as pre-cursive in EYFS and gradually switch to continuous (joined) in year 2. Continuous cursive is then taught in ks2 where necessary. Below are some useful links and resources to help with handwriting at home. 

Pre cursive letter formation resources and links