At Phoenix Academy, we have now introduced an exciting, multi-sensory approach to raise standards in writing called ‘Talk for Writing’. This innovative approach was developed by the literacy specialist, Pie Corbett and encourages the children to talk about their ideas and practise what they are going to write orally to ensure they know what it is they are going to write. The activities will include:
In extended writing lessons, the children will follow the three key stages of writing learn texts during the first week using visual text or story maps as prompts to help then retell the text. Actions, drama and games are also used to help. Older children then ‘box up’ the text which acts as a plan for later independent writing. In this plan they are able to ‘magpie’ ideas from the original text that they would like to include in their own writing later in the week.
1 Imitation and immersion
At this stage the children will learn and rehearse a story or other text until it is well known. This enables the children to internalise the language and text structures which will then support their writing. During this stage the children will take part in a range of games and activities to tune in to a text and retell them with the support of story maps and actions.
During this stage of the process, the children are then encouraged to change aspects of the original text to produce a new piece of writing. This could be changing a character, the setting or maybe the story ending.
During the invention stage the children plan and write their own story or other etxt based on the text type they have been learning. They experiment with the ideas and begin to explore their own style of writing.