Hi, I am looking to improve my Guided Writing when I am working in small groups with the children. I just want to make sure I am spot on. What sort of things would you say are essential each time you teach writing in groups? I mean for example, I always talk to the children about staring their letters on the line (we teach cursive), full stops, capital letters, finger spaces etc. How do you encourage them to write the sounds they know? We currently have sound mats which depending on ability I ask the children to find the sound or help them to find it. What are the best ways to help the children hear the sounds in the words they want to write? I get them to say the word out loud and also encourage the use of robot arms. How do you manage the fact that if children are writing sentences, they will need help with different words all at the same time, a lot of my children still write one sound then say 'I have done it I have done it' rather than thinking of the other sounds in that same word and getting on with it! How is it best to manage this. I tend to write with 4 or 5 children at a time What sort of outcomes would you say really show you have moved the children on in writing sessions? I am still learning a lot in Year R and would appreciate any advice on any of the above!