From year 11 mathematics students are expected to write in the appropriate genre, using the required technical vocabulary and mathematical writing conventions. Communication is an important assessment criteria, which is why teachers should start preparing students to write mathematically early.
While teaching students to write paragraphs using a formula can be a good place to start and will assist writers, especially those who struggle, take care as formulaic writing can severely inhibit the development of personal style and voice.
All students need to be given more opportunities to write and to write more. There are three steps primary school students can take to make it easier to turn their thoughts into words.