Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to develop writers.
Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.
It builds on three stages:
During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it.
At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting.
Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently.
Learning to Spell
Following analysis of children’s spellings, we have reviewed the way on which we will be teaching spelling. As a result of this, the way in which we send spellings home will be changing:
Spellings will be sent home on a two weekly basis;
Spellings sent home will consist of the spelling rule or pattern being taught alongside five words that exemplify these;
Your child will need to find other words that show this spelling rule or pattern and use these to apply their knowledge and learn the pattern or rule.
Assessment of Spelling Your child’s understanding of spelling patterns and application of the rules to their spelling will be continually assessed in their written work. Please note this will not be in the form of a weekly spelling test.
High Frequency Words From time to time, lists of high frequency words may be sent home. Please help your child to learn these. Once all of the words are learnt, please return the list to school so that we can celebrate your child’s learning together.
The following documents detail the phases of our Phonics scheme and ideas to support children at home.
The following guide, produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, helps parents and carers understand their child's progress in English at each National Curriculum level. Also included are ideas for what you can do with your child to support their development in English at home and help them make progress.
You may find this guide helpful when discussing your child's progress with their teachers.