Writing is often used as a means of evaluating pupils’ understanding of a certain topic but it is also a powerful tool for engaging pupils in the act of learning itself. Writing allows pupils to organize their thoughts and provides a means by which pupils can form and extend their thinking, thus deepening understanding. Storywritting may assess spelling, vocabulary usage and the ability of describing a character. Other Writing activities can include freewriting (writing without editing what comes to mind), narrative writing (drawing on personal experience), response writing (writing thoughts on a specific issue) or loop writing (writing on one idea from different perspectives).
However, getting pupils to use their imaginations when writing can sometimes be difficult. Drawing, however, can create a bridge between the ideas in a pupil’s head and the blank piece of paper on the desk. The pupils can draw pictures and write about it (for examples, ‘the property of a triangle’ or ‘our teeth’), draw and finish incomplete pictures/diagram (for examples, ‘line of symmetry’ or ‘life cycle’) or draw and label (for examples, ‘a clock’ or ‘a flower’).