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Writing Tips

The Writing Process  is a very popular method of writing used in school and can also be used at home. In the Writing Process the emphasis is on the process and not the product.  There are 5 stages:

  1. Pre-Writing: This stage takes the most amount of time and it is where the children plan what they are going to write.  They should choose a topic, brainstorm ideas and sequence the events in the story.
  2. First Draft: The children write the story but the focus is getting it down on paper not on the mechanics of writing e.g. spelling, grammar, handwriting.  Avoid spelling anything for children.  Encourage them to sound out words and attempt the spelling themselves.
  3. Revising:  The children read back over what they have written.  Children may rearrange the story, check the sequence of events, remove parts of the story, make improvements etc
  4. Editing: Children proofread their work for spellings and grammar.  Children should check spellings in dictionaries.   A partner/adult can proofread the work also.
  5. Publishing: Children share the finished product  with an audience.  The child should be encouraged to read his/her finished piece of writing aloud.  It then can be praised and displayed.



For younger children:

Tipsheet for parents on literacy


Why choose Cloonloo National School?

  • Low pupil-teacher ratio – 1:1 teaching
  • DEIS School – This means extra grant to the school to subsidise school activities, outing and cost of books etc
  • Heavily subsidised books – total book cost is €25 which includes all books, copies, pencils, colours etc
  • Heavily subsidised school outings, tours
  • Free packed school lunches
  • Heavily subsidised swimming classes for all children
  • Teachers very accessible and available to talk to
  • Uniform – Very practical. White or blue t-shirt, navy or black trousers/tracksuit bottoms