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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...
...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 Provide chalks and boards for the children to make signs to put up in the setting. Use a whiteboard, a plastic lid or laminated card for temporary signs. Offer some big felt pens. Put some circular and triangular pieces...
...In the writing area Offer small pieces of card or paper for replies. Add some copies of drawings or photos of characters. Talk about ways to reply. Provide small plastic bags for waterproofing messages to leave outside. Make some stamps...
...In the writing area Work on the book with groups of children at a time – you may have several books on the go at once. Use large sheets of card or sugar paper folded in half for the pages. You could use a stapler to fix them or a big needle...