Teaching Writing - Years 1 and 2

Two boys writing with book page of skater cielo
2nd July, 2024 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Webber Street
London SE1 8QW Map

Books provided

Lunch provided

Resources provided



Key Stage 1


Early Writing Writing


Class Teacher

Phase Leader

Subject Leader

This one-day course is designed to build expertise in how to teach writing in Year 1 and 2.

It provides subject knowledge in how to ensure progress and achievement in writing through the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience. Particular attention is given to the role of reading and engaging with high-quality children’s literature in determining writer identity, ensuring quality writing outcomes and building a writing community.

This course is one of four Teaching Writing courses tailored to the needs of children in Nursery to Year 6, meaning teachers can undertake one course on its own or leaders might attend all four courses to embed consistency of practice throughout their school.

You will learn:

  • how to use CLPE's Writing Scale to understand and support the progress and achievement of writers at this stage of their development;
  • how to inspire rich and relevant contexts for writing that will motivate your own writers, build writing experience across a range of genres, and shape a thriving writing community;
  • creative teaching approaches that support children to support early writers to write across a range of forms with purpose and audience in mind;
  • A range of strategies and approaches that support children to use and apply grammar knowledge in the context of real writing experiences- language and vocabulary acquisition, building of imaginative ideas, drafting, genuine reflection and editing, and publication;
  • how to enable children to use and apply growing phonic and spelling knowledge to segment and spell words in real contexts;
  • A range of strategies and approaches that develop gross and fine motor skills and encourage legibility, fluency and stamina.

What participants will receive:

As well as a full day training and lunch, all participants will receive a high-quality children's book and planning notes to help put the strategies from the course into practice in the classroom.

Participants will receive joining instructions for the course one week before the training date. If you have any queries, please email [email protected].

Why choose CLPE for your literacy training?

CLPE is a respected, trusted and innovative centre of excellence, its reputation established over its fifty-year history of training teachers in best practice that is rooted in ground-breaking research. Our responsiveness to trends and patterns in education means we are able to guide you in interpreting policy with integrity.

Our face-to-face courses are all held at our Literacy Library a unique 25,000 volume resource, which enables us to place high-quality children’s literature at the heart of our ethos and practice. Each course is delivered by one of CLPE’s expert advisory teachers, who can draw on decades of experience and expertise in leadership and literacy, supporting you to effect sustainable change that is built on a solid foundation of evidence.


It was fantastic. The best writing course I’ve been on. 

Course Participant 2024


Lots of great ideas that could be used in the classroom from the second half of the session based on the book, with some really useful and informative theoretical grounding in the first half.

          Course Participant 2024

Emphasised the importance of planning English lessons around a high quality text and gave me a wealth of ideas on how to do this effectively. Great choice of text to go through as a group, and one which I am definitely going to use in my own planning.

Course Participant 2023

..it will improve your knowledge and help you to improve as a teacher. Forget what you thought you knew about inspiring children to write because this has it all.

Course Participant 2023

A great way to re-inspire you teaching of writing and how to make it accessible for all.

Course Participant 2023