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The author reasserts the importance of children's relationships and communications with people who care about them, spend time with them, and share in the excitement of their developing languages and their investigations of literacy.

Writing
Writing
Introduction

In the past decade there have been enormous changes in the way that writing is taught in many early years classes. The main impetus for the change arose from the publication of the first National Curriculum documents in 1989 and the work of the National Writing Project (1985–89). The first version of the National Curriculum for English (DES, 1989) separated writing, the ‘growing ability to construct and convey meaning in written language’, from the skills of spelling and handwriting. This separation acknowledged and validated the distinction between the composition and the transcription of writing. The 1990 Programme of Study also drew attention to the significance for teachers of children's early, spontaneous writing, stating ‘Initial efforts – marks on a page – will be followed ...

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