At Bloxham, we run Talk for Writing as a way of delivering our writing curriculum. It was developed by Pie Corbett and Julia Strong, it is powerful because it is established on the core principles of how children learn.
Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. They become ‘storytellers’ who understand the importance of captivating their listeners in both fiction and nonfiction texts.
Through activities that hook their interest the children are introduced to all the different genres of writing, these include, voyage and return and overcoming the monster stories and information and instruction texts for non-fiction. They get the feel and the tune of the language they need to fit all the different genres for writing. They build on this year after year from Foundation Stage until Year 6 with teachers following a clear progression.
Excited by the text and can orally retell it the children work to create shared writing to show them how to create their writing, children are taught to write in the same style. The children learn to plan the story to get the right pace and feel and to use the plan as they write the text.
Finally, the children are encouraged to invent their own text, they use their own imaginations and all the skills they have been taught to produce an individual piece of work.
We have not only increased the children’s progress but have found that children and teachers alike love it.