It is our vision that every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities. We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing. We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.
Talk 4 for Writing
At Rosherville we teach writing by following Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Our aim is to empower children as readers and writers, to inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning by choosing high quality children’s literature.
At Rosherville, Talk for Writing begins in Reception and continues right through to Year 6. Children gradually build up a bank of stories and non-fiction text types so that over time they can tell (and write) imaginative and exciting stories and confidently instruct, argue, discuss, explain, inform and persuade. Children build up an internal bank of language that they can use to create their own versions of stories and texts.
Talk for Writing lessons at Rosherville are lively, multi-sensory and inclusive for all. Everyone joins in and can succeed. The first stage (imitation) is to learn stories and texts really well. We do this by mapping them out using pictures and symbols. We use drama, music and ICT to bring the stories and texts to life. They can then be developed through innovation (changing characters, altering the setting, adding in extra events or changing the ending). Through imitation and innovation the children are then able to invent their own stories or versions.
As teachers we love Talk for Writing because we have seen the difference it can make to children’s learning – it gives them the confidence and ability to write knowledgeably for a range of different purposes.
High quality modelling of the writing process leads the children to develop a critical appreciation of the way in which writing can be used to communicate in a variety of ways. Children use their writing skills across the curriculum and successfully adapt their writing to suit the purpose. Through collaborative approaches children are able to edit and improve their work using key success criteria to support the process. A significant emphasis on developing vocabulary acquisition and understanding ensures that children use words clarity, effect and precision .