Writing At Pakefield
At Pakefield Primary School we follow Pie Corbett’s Talk4Writing to support children to develop their writing. This is introduced in EYFS where children learn simple story maps to encourage emergent writing. The children then embed these skills throughout their school journey through the school to the end of Year 4. Children are then supported and encouraged to use the skills developed to produce writing for purpose in Years 5 and 6.
The Talk 4 Writing process:
The Talk 4 Writing process has 3 main stages: Imitation, Innovation and Invention and these are used for all genres of fictional writing. The Invention stage is not used for non-fiction. This process carefully introduces the grammar expectations of each year group which can be found using the link below:
The unit starts with a ‘cold write’ this is when children are asked to write a piece of text with no input. From this the children are set targets which they can work on through the Talk 4 Writing blocks.
During this stage children are engaged in a piece of writing using a ‘hook’. This is always something exciting to engage children in a text. At Pakefield Primary School there have been dragons on the playground, school trips, crime scenes and camels in Mr Payne’s office.
Children are then introduced to a story map which they learn by heart using actions and key vocabulary. This allows children to gain ideas before they are then expected to do their own piece of writing. The week then finishes with children retelling the fiction or non-fiction text that they have just learnt and creating a toolkit to support them when innovating the text.
The second week of the Talk 4 Writing process is call the ‘Innovation stage’. During this stage children are encouraged to change aspects of the original text, for instance, the Magic fish could become the Magic dolphin. This allows children to stick to the main structure of a text type while using their own creativity. By using the original structure children are able to focus closely on developing their punctuation and vocabulary rather than sitting thinking ‘I don’t know what to write!’ Pupils have said that they love to ‘magpie’ shiny ideas to help them with their own written work. Children will use a lot of shared writing and guided writing through this week to help them to achieve their targets set during the cold write.
The final stage of the Talk 4 Writing process is the ‘Invention stage’. During this stage of writing children use all of the skills that they have developed to create their own piece of writing with no support. This stage is only used for the fictional genres taught across each year group. By this stage children will have had lots of support with their writing and should be able to use the skills that have now become embedded independently.
The unit is finished with a ‘hot write’ where children are asked to repeat the cold task using all of the skills and knowledge that they have developed through the unit. These are always fantastic and children are then encouraged to perform them to other children or members of staff.
How to use Talk4Writing to support your child at home
One way to help your child at home is through story maps. These could be used in 2 different ways: the first way in which you could use story maps would be to help your child consolidate their knowledge of a story map and the second way would be to create a story map of their own for a piece of upcoming writing. This could be done within a piece of talk homework. Encourage children to think about the vocabulary that they are using.
Box it up grids
Another way that you can support your child at home is to discuss their box it up plans with them. Can the children create their own for a piece of upcoming writing? Encourage children to notice the key features of each text type (stories – opening, build up, problem, solution etc)
You can support your children to create a toolkit thinking about what each text type needs to include. This will help them to remember to put these things into their writing during a ‘hot task.’
At Pakefield Primary School we really understand the importance of children being able to use spellings throughout the curriculum and not just achieve 10/10 in a spelling test. To support our children to learn their spellings and internalise them we use the following pattern of teaching each week:
All spellings that are sent home are from the DFE’s spelling lists which can be found at:
Our School Feedback and Marking Policy also supports children to notice when they have made a spelling mistake and they then go through and purple polish their work using dictionaries, word cards or teacher support.
If you have any questions relating to the teaching of reading or writing, please speak with your child’s class teacher or make an appoint with Mrs Nielson, Mrs Lock, or Mrs Harper.