In Early Years children are provided with a wide range of fine motor activities. For example: tweezers, paintbrushes, chalks to allow them to develop their muscles which will support them to write with confidence. Throughout the Early Years provision, the children have access to writing materials. For example: clipboards in the role play area. Children begin to write by mark making – giving meaning to the marks they make.
The children begin learning their sounds after the first few weeks of settling into school. This is through the Little Wandle programme (see Reading section). Once they begin to learn their sounds they are then encouraged to segment to hear the sounds as they write. This is modelled to them during Phonics and English lessons but also throughout the Early Years provision.