At Combe CE Primary School, we want all pupils to be writers who have:

  • The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum
  • A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing
  • A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description
  • Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures
  • Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat
  • A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values

We use the HIAS (Hampshire Inspection and Advisory Service) approach to teaching writing, following the learning journey below for each unit of work.

Children write for a range of audiences and purposes across the year. Our long-term planning has recently been reviewed and updated. You can see our draft long term overview below.

Reception and Year 1

Year 1 and 2

Year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6


The ability to write fluently and legibly gives children a means to communicate their thoughts and ideas efficiently. Handwriting is a skill which must be learnt in order to provide a style which becomes simple to produce and easy to read.

At Combe CE Primary School we use a cursive handwriting style, once the children have learnt to form letters. We use cursive handwriting because it helps children to learn and remember spelling patterns. It is an integral part of the multi-sensory technique enabling pupils to make the automatic symbol-sound relationship for spelling. We believe this raises standards in handwriting throughout the whole school, developing confidence, accuracy and fluency and improved presentation.

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Cursive writing:

  • Helps minimise confusion for the child, as every letter starts on the line with an entry stroke and leads out with an exit stroke
  • Aids the left to right movements through each word across the page and helps develop a child’s visual memory
  • Helps sequencing and prevents reversals, inversions and omissions
  • Aids legibility, especially for those with motor and spatial difficulties, providing a motor training programme.
  • Letters naturally flow into each other, it is impossible to write separate letters without joining, therefore it will eventually help them to increase the speed of their writing
  • Form spacing between words as the child develops whole word awareness

A cursive style of handwriting is recommended by the British Dyslexia Association.