Talk for Writing
We are a Talk for Writing school.
As a Talk for Writing School we follow an approach pioneered by Pie Corbett that has storytelling at the core. It is fun, creative, inclusive and challenging.
Lessons follow a three week cycle of activities.
- In the first week the students will learn a story off by heart using a story map. This is the IMITATION week that focuses on reading skills and oral storytelling.
- The second week will focus on writing a new story that is very similar to the one learned in the first week. The teacher will model writing and much grammar is discussed as the students write in this INNOVATION week.
- Finally, in the third week the students will demonstrate all they have learned in an independent piece of writing. This is called the INVENTION week. The ‘hot write’ shows the teacher each individual’s understanding of the structure, grammar and vocabulary taught.
To find out more about Talk for Writing, please stay posted on the website for photos of working walls or pop into your child’s class to see the working walls that will highlight the text they are studying.
Pie Corbett suggests a list of ‘must read’ core texts for children in each year group which we have in our school library. Click on the link to find the books suggested for your child.
Phonics and Spelling
Developing early readers and writers begins with phonics and developing phonics skills in younger pupils is extremely important.
Phonics provision begins in Nursery and skills are developed daily throughout The Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
- 15 minutes of phonics 5 times a week in Nursery.
- 25 minutes of phonics 5 times a week in Reception.
- 25 minutes of phonics 5 times a week in Key Stage 1.
These sessions are reinforced throughout the day in English lessons, with songs and discussions of class texts at story times.
In Key Stage 2 the children continue to practice spelling skills regularly.
In EYFS we follow Letters and Sounds and in Key Stage 1 we also use Letters and Sounds, supplemented by Sound Discovery. In Key Stage 2 we use The Spelling Shed to support the teaching and learning of spelling.
We believe in creating a life-long love of reading at St George’s. We encourage children to read at home through taking home reading books and choosing a library book from our well-stocked children’s library. Our main reading scheme is the PM scheme, but we also supplement reading with a variety of other schemes, where we consider it to be necessary. For example, in upper key stage 2, pupils are encouraged to read abridged versions of classic children’s literature to widen their reading experience.
Reading books are changed three times each week in The Foundation Stage and Year 1/2 (Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays) and children are encouraged to change their reading books as often as possible throughout the rest of the school. The children have library time in our school library each week where they can take home a book of their choice too.
In order to expose the children to a wide variety of texts we include a range of books in our reading scheme. Our books are leveled by cross referencing PM Benchmarking criteria, national leveling guidelines and according to their phonics content.
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