At Mabe we want all our children to develop into thoughtful readers and creative writers and it is through the Talk for Writing approach that we believe we can achieve this.We follow this process throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6. Through its multi-sensory and interactive teaching, it enables children of all ages and abilities to learn to write a wide range of story/text types using various methods including:
- listening to and learning texts and stories;
- taking part in drama and role-play;
- drawing and story mapping;
- collecting words and language strategies
- building their working knowledge of grammar
Learning new and interesting vocabulary is important at Mabe as we use a three tiered pyramid approach. These words are carefully selected and are linked to our topics and the texts studied in Talk for Writing.
Tier 1 – Everyday Topic Words
Tier one consists of the most basic words. These words rarely require direct instruction and typically do not have multiple meanings. Sight words, nouns, verbs, adjectives, and early reading words occur at this level.
Tier 2 – Interesting topic words that are used in my writing
Tier two words are really carefully thought about and are the most important words. These words occur often in mature language situations such as adult conversations and literature, and therefore strongly influence speaking and reading. Following is a list of standards for tier two words:
- Important for reading comprehension – words that appear in the texts they read in class and guided reading
- Contain multiple meanings
- Increased descriptive vocabulary
Tier three consists of low-frequency words that occur in specific domains. Domains include subjects in school, hobbies, occupations, geographic regions, technology, weather, etc – words that are topic specific. We usually learn these words when a specific need arises.
The statutory grammatical terms for each year can be taught separately or part of our Talk for Writing lessons. We ensure the children have a depth of understanding of these terms by using a range of resources including games, online activities as well as written activities. We use Collins Connect to support out teaching of these areas.
If you require further information about the grammatical terms your child needs to learn, please click on the document below.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 a focused programme of Read, Write Inc. is used to teach spelling and in Key Stage 2 particular spelling patterns are taught and are centred around the statutory spelling lists. Weekly spellling related homework is given out in various forms across all classes.
Writing Skills in Action at Mabe
The children have been learning their model text for their Talk for Writing unit - take a look at the fantastic actions the children made up to help them learn it off by heart.