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Cold and Hot Writes

For our cold and hot write we use something that we call our 'Writing Cycle'. This forms part of our English planning for each year group.


Cold Task

An independent writing task to be completed before the unit of work commences to inform planning.


Read it!

Familiarisation with the text - identify the key features/vocabulary/boxing up. Generate ideas to plan own writing. Display ideas on literacy learning wall.


Teach it!

Teach how to use literary devices appropriate to the text using modelled/shared writing. Grammar to be taught in context as appropriate. Engage the children to write by using drama, film, artefacts, story detectives etc.


Write it!

Children to write following modelled/shared Guided write as necessary.



Children are given time to edit work following peer/self/teacher feedback.


Hot task

After practising new skills, provide a new assessment or repeat the cold task


Apply it!

Plan into the topic how the children will practise their new skills. Box up their own version of a narrative, debate etc applying what they have learnt. 


Please have read of some of our brilliant writing tasks. The Cold task is our first attempt and the Hot task is our independent final task after lots of immerse, imitate and invent strategies within that genre. We have just used a small part of the children’s writing to show the impact of their learning. 


EYFS and KS1 Cold and Hot writes

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