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...In the writing area Offer more big pieces of paper and pens, and encourage children to make their own mind maps of what they know about any topic or subject they are interested in. Provide the widest possible range of colours and sizes...
...In the writing area Offer a range of different colours, sizes and sorts of card and paper for making greeting cards. Try adding some papers with textures, borders or patterns. Add some envelopes of different sizes and shapes, or paper...
...These will all help the children with ideas for writing and mark-making...
...Interesting surfaces large and small pieces of card squares of paper coloured paper – different shades plastic lids black or whiteboards transparent sheets perspex thin paper, such as tissue tracing paper wrapping paper long pieces of paper...
...In the writing area Put a phone or two in the writing area. Model how to answer a phone, talk about the sequences, let the children practise. Then model how to make an appointment and take a message. Provide message pads and jotters...
...In the writing area Make sure the chair and table or computer trolley are the right height so children have their feet on the floor. Make sure the light is right for computer work – not shining on the screen, but making it easy to see...
...In the writing area Offer small long pieces of paper for zig-zag books, and encourage their use for sequencing stories or activities. Put out a Lego model, junk model or dough creation. Suggest that the children might make instruction books...