At Langland Community School we use the Talk for Writing and Talk for Reading approaches developed by Pie Corbett.
Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, our children are helped to write in the same style. The approach is taught in 3 stages.
Early Years children through to Year 6 use the school’s bespoke handwriting policy to teach and support the children to write at the expected standard. All adults are expected to model the expected standard of handwriting for each year group.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
SPaG is taught throughout the Talk for Writing process. These skills are discretely taught but in the context of the unit. The ‘Teaching Guide for Progression in Writing’, alongside the National Curriculum objectives on Target Tracker, is used to plan the teaching of grammar and punctuation. Spelling is taught using key words needed for the Talk for Writing unit, as well as using the ‘No Nonsense’ spelling programme.
Spelling is taught through the Read Write Inc. phonics and then, through
spelling scheme. In yewhich teaches focused spelling patterns in each year group In addition to this, he Fast Spelling approach is used as a tool to secure foundational skills in spelling.
Helicopter Stories is a story telling approach that is taught across the Early Years and Key-stage One. It is a strategy that builds on children’s confidence in story-telling, use of vocabulary and the skill of sharing their own ideas with others. Adults gather stories verbally from children at any point during the school day they feel ready to share their ideas, characters and props are highlighted and then the class or group come together to celebrate that child’s story through role play. This approach is also used to support the immersion and innovation stage for key texts during the Talk4Writing process.