Teaching Writing in Years 3 and 4

2 girls with book page of Three Billy Goats Gruff in the background
25th June, 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 2




Class Teacher

Phase Leader

Subject Leader

Enhance knowledge and understanding in how to teach writing to children in Year 3 and 4 by using literacy strategies specific to Lower Key Stage 2.

This one-day course is designed by experts in Key Stage 2, providing subject knowledge in how to ensure progress and achievement in writing through the development of crucial knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience. Particular attention will be given to choosing and using high-quality children’s literature to support the needs and interests of children, inspire a range of meaningful writing opportunities and foster a community of  confident, competent writers. 

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 attend all four courses to embed consistency of practice throughout their school.

What you will learn:

  • Understand how writing develops and how to support progress and achievement in Lower Key Stage 2;
  • The writing practices that shape a community of writers in which children are curious, engaged and motivated to write collaboratively, individually and with increased independence;
  • How to choose and use a quality text to exemplify authentic literary forms and writing voices, provide language models, enrich vocabulary and inspire opportunities for writing; 
  • The teaching approaches that best support an authentic writing process, including language and vocabulary acquisition, building of imaginative ideas, drafting, editing and publication;
  • How to support developing writers to write with fluency and increased stamina across a range of forms with purpose and audience in mind;
  • A range of strategies and approaches that enable children to use and apply spelling, punctuation and grammar knowledge in real writing contexts.

What participants will receive:

As well as a full day training and lunch, all participants will receive a high-quality children's book and the associated 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! Such a refreshing and inspiring take on planning English." - Course Participant 2022/23

"The course has shown me the link between teaching writing through reading, and has given me plenty of ideas as to how to put the activities we tried into practice in the classroom." - Course Participant, 2022/23

"It will help immensely with structure, engaging and immersing children into the text. I will take everything I can remember back to the classroom. The key questions, activities and unpicking of the text was amazing." - Course Participant 2022/23

“I think this will really boost engagement and my confidence in the teaching.” Course Participant 2023/24

“Go - it’s amazing!” - Course Participant, 2023/24