I am working for two terms in a school which is in special measures. Ofsted and HMI were in this week. My phonics lesson was observed and I have been pulled up for having the children lying on the floor to write 6 words in a book. Am I wrong to be spitting feathers over this? I have taught the children how to lie with feet together on the floor, non-writing arm in correct position etc as in kinetic letters. This is preferable to balancing a book on their knee or wasting time going to a table to write. There are twelve children in the group so they would have to sit on two tables anyway which makes it harder to teacher lead. Also lying on the floor strengthens core body muscles which are really important in writing. All this is carefully thought out so I am furious that the inspectors have been critical. I have taught in quite a few schools as a supply teacher where lying on the floor to write is standard practice. The quality of the work the children did in terms of presentation was good. Additionally a consultant who has been employed by the school advocated it. It is something I do anyway. I have previously been in a role where I worked with early years advisors to raise the quality of provision in a group of schools and this was also something we a advocated. I won't be in the school when the next visit is made but I want to write a report explaining why I consider writing lying on your tummy to be good practice. I am looking for some evidence and research on it. Does anyone have any thoughts? I resent very much being criticized on this. I am wondering if they are also saying the children are not year one ready and lying on the floor is inappropriate because of this. I agree they are not ready but also know schools which have all KS 1 children on the floor for long writes. The school is in a very deprived area. Sorry to go on. I appreciate your comments!