Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

‘An excellent, happy school, where we enjoy learning’


How do children progress in writing from Nursery to Year 6?

At Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School the teaching of writing is designed to enable our children to write fluently, including details that make readers engage with their writing. We want to develop a broad vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description. We expect children to perfect a fluent, neat handwriting style to ensure that their writing is well presented and punctuated and spelled correctly and we aim to foster a love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.


We believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. The skill of writing enables pupils to communicate with themselves and others while documenting and conveying their knowledge and ideas. Building on experiences, it encourages expression and higher order thinking skills to develop. Creating a culture of writing in our school ensures our children are given the best opportunities to build their capacity and confidence in a range of writing styles. We encourage children to persevere, co-operate and take responsibility for their learning.


Our children are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop, extend and deepen their writing skills in and across each phase of education. In Nursery and Reception, the learning of writing follows the Early Years Foundation Stages Framework. Children are given opportunities to extend their understanding of language learning through play and investigation, developing their characteristics of learning.


The National Curriculum 2014 describes what must be taught in key stages 1. We use Chris Quigley’s Threshold statements to support progression through KS1. The table below summarise the progression within the threshold concepts in KS1;


Range of Writing Genres for Years 1 and 2

Threshold concepts

Milestone 1

Threshold Concepts


  • Present neatly
  • Spell correctly
  • Punctuate accurately




  • Write with purpose
  • Use imaginative description
  • Organise writing appropriately
  • Use paragraphs


  • Use sentences appropriately

Analysis and Presentation

  • Analyse writing
  • Present writing