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Irk Valley Community School


The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


Letter Formation


At Irk Valley Community School, we all follow a particular style of writing. In Reception, each letter has a 'hook' at the end of the formation so that when children begin to learn how to join up their letters in KS1 they are already familiar with how to form each letter individually. 


Here is a sheet with the correct formation for each letter of the alphabet as we do it in Reception. The grey dot shows where each letter should begin when writing.

Writing Expectations


Working Towards the Expected Standard children should be able to:

  • Hears and says initial sounds in words. 
  • Segment sounds in simple words.  
  • Use clearly identifiable letters. 
  • Write captions, labels and their name. 
  • Beginning to write simple sentences. 


Work samples of Working Towards the Expected Standard:

Working At the Expected Standard children should be able to:

  • Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • They also write some irregular common words (eg. the I to).
  • They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.
  • Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


Work samples of Working At the Expected Standard:

Working Above the Expected Standard children should be able to:

  • Can spell phonically regular words of more than 1 syllable as well as many irregular but high frequency words.
  • Uses the key features of narrative in own writing.


Work samples of Working Above the Expected Standard: