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An essential life skill

Mastering the art of the written word is an essential life skill. At Preston Hedges, right from the beginning in Reception, children develop early writing skills in a rich language based environment.

As they advance through school children continue to progress as writers, developing a wide vocabulary, sound understanding of grammar and, from their appreciation of our rich literary heritage, knowledge of linguistic conventions.

Our progressively sequenced curriculum enables children to build imaginative and increasingly sophisticated writing pieces in a range of genres, exploring both formal and non-formal tones for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We build in opportunities for speaking and listening, such as formal presentations and participating in debate, which provide children with confident verbal communication skills.

Through these varying experiences, we seek to provide children with the necessary tools to articulate and communicate fluently and confidently in their next stage of education and beyond.


Developing highly skilled writers

We know reading is fundamental to the writing process. From blending phonics to build words and sentences, to using a text as an inspiration for structure, theme and atmosphere, reading is recognised as the essential starting point of any writing journey here at Preston Hedges School.

Once children have the building blocks for the piece of writing they are aiming for, teaching staff actively encourage them to develop their own style of writing, guided by stimulating experiences. Throughout the school, visual stimulus, exciting contexts and drama are used to inspire children’s imaginations to write. Through interactive and collaborative learning opportunities we support children to build rich language banks, draft and shape strong and engaging writing.  Teachers share examples of effective writing with their class, demonstrating how to use language, punctuation and sentence structures to create impact and build textual pieces that are fit for purpose and appropriate for the audience.

Through individual and peer evaluation, children develop capacity to critically assess and improve their own writing and techniques, so they can become highly skilled writers. Children are also encouraged to read elements of their writing aloud, or create a piece to present, such as in debate, to support them in their verbal communication skill development.

Punctuation and Grammar

A clear understanding of the mechanics of sentence structure and grammar is an important feature of writing. We teach punctuation and grammar discretely in dedicated 15 minute fast paced and interactive sessions. These skills are then embedded into English sessions, to give children further opportunities to refine and enhance their ability in this critical area.


Weekly spellings are a consistent feature of school life and focus initially on securing common year group spellings, before moving on to understanding core spelling rules and patterns that are required to enable pupils to work out more adventurous spellings.

Below are the common exception spellings that children are expected to know by the end of the respective years at school, and to use correctly in their writing:

Y1 Common Exception Spellings
Y2 Common Exception Spellings
Y3-6 Common Exception Spellings


Neat presentation is also an important skill and we embrace a whole school approach to handwriting at Preston Hedges, which is the cursive script.  Learning this style of handwriting begins as soon as children start in Reception when they begin to form and shape letters, and the children build on this learning progressively until their writing is joined and fluent at pace. Support is provided for parents, so they can actively encourage their child with this at home.


Creating strong communicators

We are proud of our highly creative writers and communicators here at Preston Hedges. Pupils consistently perform well beyond age expectations to meet the higher standard, and achievement in writing in the school is in the top quintile of schools nationally.

Beyond this however, our pupils are confident, articulate young people able to communicate effectively in a range of situations, skills that will serve them well far beyond primary education.



Welcome to our outstanding primary school. Founded on the principles of Fun, Creativity and Achievement, ours is a very special school where children are encouraged to thrive socially and academically.


Year on year


Alongside academic achievement, this gives every child at Preston Hedges School the opportunity to fulfil their own unique potential. The result? Children at our school consistently outperform their peers – both regionally and nationally – and many go on to win places at the country’s most prestigious secondary settings.


Happy, Confident Learners

Inspired by the philosophy of Fun, Creativity and Achievement.

Curriculum content is rigorously planned to ensure all children engage in lessons and consolidate their learning with clear intentions.

Throughout the school, each year group’s learning is documented and displayed through celebratory Floor Books where QR codes and final pieces of work demonstrate each topic’s implementation, progressive journey and learning impact.


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