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Writing and the Ready to Read series

Writing as part of wider literacy learning

A year 1–3 classroom literacy programme includes shared, guided, and independent writing. It also includes writing related to language experience activities.

Students love to share their experiences and ideas, and writing provides a strongly personal and relevant context for learning about sounds and words. Writing time, with its intense focus on differentiating the sound sequences in words, provides opportunities to develop students’ phonological awareness and their knowledge of letter–sound relationships.

By monitoring students closely as they write, the teacher can help them to draw on their developing phonological knowledge and make connections between reading and writing that will reinforce their learning.

Background information

Updated on: 20 Nov 2014