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Y1 - writing - how much does your child do?

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ChasingSquirrels Tue 21-Oct-08 22:58:05

Do they do writing daily, do they do news weekly, do the just practice letter formation?
Just wondering if there is a norm really, ds1's writing is not great but the teacher (at parents evening) said it will improve. I asked if they wrote every day and she said no, they discuss and plan it and then have a writing splurge every few weeks.
I was slightly gob-smacked and need to go back to her on this, I can't believe he isn't writing (in some form) most days. I can't see how he can get better if he doesn't practice.

imaginaryfriend Tue 21-Oct-08 23:51:09

CS I don't really know how much writing dd does on a daily basis as she can never remember what she's done when I ask her. Typical. But I do see their writing books out on their tables in the morning at least twice a week so I presume they're doing something in there. Plus there's spellings, writing little books, etc.

Can you get him to practise at home a bit with you? Ask him to write your shopping list or send a letter rather than it being a chore.

Madsometimes Fri 24-Oct-08 09:52:22

I'm sure this depends a lot on the teacher. I went to parents evening on Wednesday, my dd2 has a young teacher who is very enthusiastic. She asks the children to do a writing task each day, most children write between a few words and a few sentences. Sometimes the writing is news, a story or a poem, sometimes it is labelling a diagram eg. parts of the body. My dd's writing is not particularly understandable, but the teacher seemed pleased, so I guess it is how it should be.

My dd seems to be doing well with this approach. However, I know there are other children in the class who are really struggling, especially some boys. I know that year 1 can be tough on some children (it was on dd1), so I am not sure that the amount of writing being done in class is necessarily a good thing.

ChasingSquirrels Sat 25-Oct-08 18:49:11

thanks borh, been offline since I posted.
I don't really want him to have to practice at home, I think homework is inappropriate for infants, but if he is really only writing every couple of weeks at school I will need to.
Although he sat and wrote something this afternoon completely unprompted.
I'll have a chat with her when they go back.

ChasingSquirrels Sat 25-Oct-08 18:49:44

that should have been "thanks both"!!

nolongeraworriedmummy Sat 25-Oct-08 19:02:05

My dd seems to have done loads everyday since she changed school, they write poems, stories, big writing, all about me on the computer ect, before she seemed to do very little though.

littlestrawberry Sat 25-Oct-08 19:19:40

I think Ds1 (Y1) writes daily TBH. He's always talking about what he's been writing about. They get them writing stories and stuff which sounds great.

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