Make your mark on life! Children at Oxhill are given opportunities to respond to the world with marks and symbols, exploring experimenting and playing.
Discovering that one thing can stand for another, creating and experimenting with their own symbols and marks and recognising that others may use marks differently.
The children are given a variety of different mediums with which to write or mark-make. They are encouraged to make books, represent their life experiences, their family, to try to write for themselves.
There is a specific mark-making area with the equipment such as tape, hole punch etc, and mark- making is also encouraged in other areas, such as role-play and the garden, so the children can write lists for shopping etc.
Early writing is a good context for learning about letter names and sounds, often starting with the letters most important to the child in her or his name. Children are helped to learn to use a tripod grip through the use of very small pieces of chalk and crayon, and as they start to plan correct letter formation they are shown correct direction.
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