This year we have introduced a new and exciting approach to teaching Literacy across the school. Each class follows ‘Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’’ which encourages the children to talk about their ideas and the key features of different genres. The children learn texts in the first week using visual text maps as a prompt and then practice the texts by incorporating drama and games. They 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.
Following this, the children are then encouraged to change aspects of the original text to produce a new piece of writing. Again, the same procedure is followed; text map, boxing up, magpie key words and phrases, identifying key features etc.
In the final week, it is hoped that the children will have a secure knowledge of the genre and be able to produce a piece of work entirely independently.
We have found that the children are enthusiastic about this new approach and the results we have seen are very encouraging. This approach gives the children the tools they need to be able to write any genre confidently.
Freddie's own story.
Text map, boxing up and writing up.
This is an example of a KS1 text map.
Here is an example of KS1 ‘boxing up’. It acts as a plan for future writing.
This is an example of KS1 independent writing.
Here is an example of a KS1 class activity to find key text features.
This shows an example of a KS2 text map.
Here is an example of a list of words that a KS2 child wishes to magpie.