EYFS and Year 1
The ‘Talk for Writing’ programme will be used to teach writing in the EYFS and Year 1.
Talk for Writing strategies will be used frequently both within literacy lessons and across the curriculum. The ‘Talk for Writing’ approach involves making explicit the processes and thinking involved in the writing process, so that ultimately they can be internalised and applied by children in their own writing. Talk for Writing will be embedded in every phase of the ‘Writing Sequence’.
The main principles of Talk for Writing are;
Imitation – talk that helps children to think and behave like a writer, it gives them the confidence to be able to write by learning and repeating oral stories and texts continuously until the children know the text off by heart, building their confidence of new vocabulary and sentence structure.
Innovation – taking the story or text that the children have learned during the imitation stage, adapting the text using their own ideas, adding new vocabulary or new ideas and then becoming familiar with the new version - preparation and rehearsal for writing through shared and guided writing.
Invention – children eventually creating and writing their own version after having their confidence built up and having being taught the skills in order to do so.
In the EYFS and Year 1 the children will also use the Read Write INC programme to develop their understanding of sentence structure and basic grammar skills.
More information on the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and the Read Write INC phonics scheme that we use to teach your child reading and phonics can be found below.
In Year 2 and across KS2 the ‘Text Based Approach’ for writing is used to teach both fiction and non-fiction.
Long term planning in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 should include:
- Three classic novels a year- 1 each term that are linked to a Year group topic where possible.
- Two poetry units.
- A unit linked to ‘current affairs’ or a school focus area. (Olympics, election, healthy school week, Primary Futures.)
- A unit linked to an educational visit/external visitor.
- An extended author study (studying several texts from an author)
The Text Based Approach essentially allows for one inspiring, exciting text to be the stimulus for the pupils to write in a range of genres and for different audiences and purposes. We aim for the majority of the chosen texts to reflect other areas of the curriculum so that cross curricular writing can take place. The pupils will work systematically throughout the following stages:
- Hook and Predict
- Analysis of the Text
- Capture and Plan
- Create and Improve
Wherever possible we endeavour for the children to write for a real purpose and for a real audience to provide extra motivation.