Learning: For a better future
” If you want to change the world, pick up a pen and write”
Writing is taught through the Talk for Writing model; it has 3 stages: Immitation, Innovation and Independent Application. Children begin by internalising the structure, language and pattern of the text through, recitition (with actions) , drama and role play and dual coding with text maps. Once the text has been internalised, they ‘immitate’ the text, which means makes substitutions and embelishments to parts of the text such as : a change of character, seeting or events, within the story. The final stage is where pupils invent their own story. Using the story structure, pattern and language, as a framework, they create a story of their own .
Throughout their time ast Roskear, pupils will also develop and revisit a range of story types: defeating the monster, rags to riches, finding tale, wishing tale, journey , quest and warning tale. Each story type has a writing focus such as setting, characterisation and dialogue.
Non- Fiction writing links closely to the topic, this reduces cognitive overload and ensures pupils are provided with the vocabulary and understanding with which to write fluently. It also embeds and deepens their topic learning and develops transferable knowledge and skills.
Throughout their time at Roskear, pupils will learn the features for the following non-fiction genres: reports, recounts, persuasive, discursive, instructions and explanation.
Pupils participate in daily spelling lessons, which follow the Read, Write, Inc. Spelling.
All year groups use Penpals, cursive text for handwriting.
What is Penpals for Handwriting
Penpals for Handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds, offering clear progression through five developmental stages. It teaches children a fast and fluent handwriting style to help them achieve their potential in writing.
Penpals uses a combination of DVD-ROMS for whole-class teaching and practice books and write-in workbooks for small group and individual work.
- Five unique developmental phases provide clear progression for children aged 3 to 11.
- DVD-ROMs support interactive, direct teaching to the whole class using an interactive whiteboard.
- Practice books and workbook provide essential practice and reinforcement.
- Sky-writing and lesson warm-ups develop the fine and gross motor skills that are crucial for handwriting.
- In Years 5 and 6 basic handwriting issues are revised and speed and fluency improved.