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"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:

read a lot and write a lot." 

Stephen King 

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Picture 2 Handwriting
Picture 3 Phonics
Picture 4 Guided Reading
Picture 5 Guided Reading
Picture 6 Writing
Picture 7 Writing
Picture 8 Role Play
Picture 9 Reading
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Picture 11 Reading
Picture 12 Spelling
Picture 13 Role Play
Picture 14 Computing
Picture 15 Creative Writing
Picture 16 Word Processing
"We are storytelling creatures, and as children we acquire language to tell those stories that we have inside us."  Jerome Bruner
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Creative Writing

At Bishops Waltham Infant School we teach a wide range of genres.  The genres include Stories, Poetry and Non-Fiction; including letter writing, recounts, instructions and reports.

The genres taught link to the current topic and teachers plan a hook to ensure the children are enthused and that the learning is relevant.

The children are encouraged to “Talk for Writing” which enables them to imitate the key language before they try reading and writing it.  Through fun games and activities they rehearse the tune of the language, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing.

When teaching narrative (story writing) the children will be given opportunities to hear a story, read a story, use actions, tell the story, use story language, plan the story (story hill/map) and write the story.  The story can be imitated, innovated or invented.

When teaching non-narrative (information writing) the children will be given opportunities to hear information, read information, use actions, tell information, use informative language, plan the writing (Box it up) and write the information. 

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“The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read” – Mary McCleod Bethune

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Phonics and Reading at Bishops Waltham Infant School


At Bishops Waltham Infant School we teach Phonics through Letters and Sounds and Read Write Inc. Phonics.  Our aim is for the children to learn to read and write by experiencing a regular planned literacy programme, covering all of the new National Curriculum requirements for language and literacy. We use a range of reading schemes including Read Write Inc. Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree.

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How does your teacher help you learn when writing? 

"My teacher tells me how to make it better and how to spell tricky words."  Isla Year 2

"She gives you chances to write stories.  She tells us to read it out loud."  Sam Year 2

"I love it when my teacher leaves me a note about my writing in a speech bubble!" Jason Year 2


How do you think you learn best? 

"Reading, writing and drawing because it is always fun to do.  You have an opportunity to get it wrong and learn from mistakes."  Bethan Year 1


What new things have you learnt this year?

"I have learnt how to check writing with a purple pen." Bethan Year 1

"Adverbs, said sandwiches and personification like the tractor in the Katie Morag stories "big cough of smoke".  Devon Year 2


What new things would you like to learn about next?

"Sending messages on a computer." Emily Year 1

World Book day 2017

This year the children and staff went to town with their outfits to celebrate World Book Day!  There were lots of fantastic outfits that you can enjoy looking at if you click the link below in the Gallery.


Winter Warmer 2017

Miss Salter led two fun evenings highlighting the importance of reading with children.  The parents enjoyed the relaxed evening just as much as the children!  Look at the pictures in the gallery to see how much fun we all had!