St Mary's FieldsPrimary School

Ensuring that each child reaches their potential and develops an enthusiasm for lifelong learning



Welcome to our writing pages. At St Mary's, we have developed our own writing approach to meet the needs of our learners. This approach is called 'RECIPE WRITING'. Watch the video below to find out more. 


Writing Policy

Our Writing 'Must Haves'


The Writing Must Haves provide information on the end of year expectations for children in our school. The staff have identified these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the school. All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.



Writing must have


Spelling must have



Letter formation- letters should all be formed correctly with correct pencil grip


Use phonetically plausible attempts to spell words? (the, I)



Letter formation – letters should be on the line and the correct size

Finger spaces should be used between words.


High frequency words (as appropriate)



Capital letters to start sentences and for proper nouns. Full stops.

Proper names are used for names of people and places

e.g. Ben and Space Centre



All high frequency words



Apostrophes for contraction (autumn term) and possession (rest of the year)

Apostrophes for Contractions combine two words e.g can not becomes cant and would not becomes wouldnt .


Apostrophe for possession show that something belongs to someone e.g Mr King’s pen.



Common Spelling errors(including where and were).

A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same (to varying extent) as another word but differs in meaning.


Choosing when to end a sentence accurately using full stops, exclamation marks of question marks. Ensuring that children recognise the difference between a phrase and a sentence and avoiding misuse of commas and conjunctions.

sentence is a complete thought. A phrase is a group of words that perform a function in a sentence.


Conjunctions are words used to connect words, phrases, or clauses

-ed endings and double letters

If the word has one syllable, ends with a single constant and has a vowel before that constant we double it.

E.g skip would become skipped


The commas: in speech punctuation, to separate clauses (including parenthesis) and to separate fronted adverbials.

The comma in speech can come before or after what it spoken.

e.g “Very funny,” Sam muttered.

Sam muttered, “Very funny.”

Suffixes –ly and -ful



Punctuation: ensuring understanding and use of the full range of punctuation taught at primary level appropriately () dashes, hyphens ; :





Helpful Sites


Below are some useful sites for the children and links to the National Curriculum.