In our school we use Talk for writing as the basis for our English curriculum. This is based on a training programme led by Pie Corbett for which all staff completed two years of training.
We go through three stages of writing for each text we study; these include imitation, innovation and independent or invention.
In the imitation stage we do lots of reading of the class text, mapping the story and drama activities so the pupils fully understand the story and can write it. In the innovation stage the pupils change different aspects of the story to make it their own; these changes could include different characters, settings, time periods and lots of other innovations. During the independent stage the pupils will write their own story based on the theme of the text, so maybe a wishing story, a beat the baddie or a portal story. for the whole range look on the whole school text map.
Throughout all the stages the pupils will complete short burst writing activities which will teach them the skills they need to read, deconstruct texts and write their own. These activities are all based on the class text and include spelling, grammar and vocabulary activities. Games are encouraged to support the class teaching an to engage the pupils in their learning.
Non- fiction writing will also be based on the class text and covers a wide range of genres including diaries, biographies, instructions, explanations and information texts.
Phonics is taught separately in smaller groups following Letters and Sounds in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and for pupils in Key Stage 2 if they need extra support. We use Phonics Play website for planning, resources and games.
All the pupils independent reading books in Early Years and Key Stage 1 will be based on the phonic phase they are learning. Once the children are fluent in phase 6 they will move onto reading a mixture of Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and real books.
All pupils also take part in guided reading in a small group. The schemes used are Rigby Star, Rigby Navigator, Rigby Max and Collins Big Cats.
For any further information please contact our English lead - Mrs McDonald or speak to your child's class teacher.