Writing in context

“Writing is about communication and an early form of writing is mark making and drawing. Value should therefore be given to drawing, as the first written form that children create. In some cases, drawing may be no more than making lines yet it is important that children are given opportunities to read what their ‘writing’ means so they begin to see themselves as writers. Further information on this can be found in Foundations of Writing by Bill & Maureen Michael. ”


The following principles should be remembered:

  • The importance of talk
  • Modelling
  • Real, meaningful contexts

An extract relating to writing in context from the Teachers’ Toolkit can be found here:

Writing in context extract