The key approach we use is Talk for Writing, T4W.
Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading, writing and analysing it.
Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style. Schools that have adopted the approach have not only increased their children's progress but have found that children and teachers alike love it.
There are three stages to the method:
The Imitation Stage - where the children learn the pattern of the language required.
The Innovation Stage - where the children write their own versions through developing their ability to generate good words and phrases.
The Invention/Independent Application Stage - where the children and teacher understand where difficulty arose and alter work in the light of that understanding.
It is a key part of writing to be able to say the sentence you are going to write, before you start writing and later to be able to discuss your writing with another child or adult.
Since language, both written and spoken, is the main vehicle for learning across the whole curriculum, we aim to give children the confidence to express themselves clearly and competently. We not only encourage the children to put forward their own ideas but also to listen to and to have respect for the views of others. Role play and drama, which extend and enrich vocabulary in all subject areas, are used to provide active learning experiences for the children to develop empathy and to further their understanding.
We value and encourage attempts at writing by the children from the earliest mark making in Year R to the most sophisticated levels of story writing produced by our oldest children. In KS1 we concentrate on helping the children develop good sentence structure and interesting storylines, encouraging them to use phonic strategies to spell words independently.
Cursive handwriting is taught from Year 1 and by the end of Year 2 we expect most children to be developing a flowing, well-formed style. Formal spelling routines begin in Year 3. The children have a daily spelling session and work in ability groups across KS2.
In KS2 we use the Pearson Grammar and Spelling Bug as a key resource to support the children.
For more information on how we teach writing please talk to your child's class teacher.
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