Recently our school has adopted a whole school 'Talk For Writing' approach using the Pie Corbett strategy for the teaching and learning of writing. These include a wealth of ideas for expanding children's writing, making them feel more excited about writing and the power of writing.
There is a complex interrelationship between talk, reading and writing and so to embrace and enhance this relationship we try to make writing as exciting as we can and to promote 'reading as a writer' to improve their composition, grammar and spelling.
From Nursery up to Year 6 our children orally rehearse sentences and stories and learn how to improve them with the careful direction from adults in school.
Using experimental learning, drama, group and whole class activities the children internalise stories from a very young age.
As part of our writing process we ask the children to write a "Cold Task: whereby we talk to the children about anew genre and list what makes a good... (recount, report, setting etc.) then get the children to have a go. This then drives out planning and assessment to know where to take the children next.
We then choose the right text or visual literacy resource to provide a motivating stimulus, building in the appropriate vocabulary, sentence structure and text features that children need to make progress.
Through using this such as store maps, hot setting and 'boxing up' the children learn and internalise the text orally.
We compare other texts or visual literacy resources and make learning visible by discussing the features and adding them to the washing line toolkits across the classrooms.
The children get lots of opportunities to practice by imitation, innovation and finally pieces of writing through shared and guided writing. We provide a range of focused talk opportunities to strengthen understanding, practice skills, model how to talk about writing and build in progress.
The children complete a 'hot task' at the end of a teaching unit. From this we include collaborative feedback from teachers, their peers and give the children the skills to identify the next steps in their own learning.
"Three Rules for Literacy Success:
- 1) Read a lot.
- 2) Write a lot.
- 3) Read a lot more, write a lot more."