At Christ the King we believe in providing children with the opportunity to be enriched by language, therefore in 2016 we introduced the 'Talk 4 Writing' process at our school. All staff embraced the process and we saw it as a real opportunity to develop children's vocabulary and bring excitement into writing.
Talk 4 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 sharing writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are helped to write in the same style.
Talk 4 Writing follows three stages:
Teachers use stories, film, drama and role play through a 'Talk for Writing' approach to allow children to become immersed in their English lessons and give their reading and writing a real-life purpose. They also take advantage of the many other inside and outside space available to them to enhance children's learning and enjoyment of English. Links to other curriculum topics are made when possible to deepen understanding and apply important skills.
English is taught on a daily basis from EYFS to Year 6. Teaching and learning mostly takes place within a whole class setting, where children are taught fundamental reading, writing and speaking and listening skills by their class teacher. They learn about the ingredients of a successful piece of writing including grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and structure for various text types and the features of different genres. Children are also given regular opportunities to share high quality books within guided reading sessions, where they have the opportunity to enjoy and discuss books. We aim to inspire and motivate children to gain further experience of reading and writing outside school for their own enjoyment.
How to support at home:
Useful links to games and activities
Spot the CVC words
Trapped - Get the princess out of her tower by spelling the words correctly
BBC Bitesize pages
Starship English - Looking at tenses
Spelling Match - Match the words with their meanings
Well done to all the children who entered the 'Once Upon a Dream' competition and a big congratulations to the children who's poems have been selected to be published in July.
Our best library competition encouraged us to create fantastic libraries this year. Don't they look wonderful?
Well done 5K for your winning entry, 'Reading is a Hoot'. Thank you to the PTA who provided our new book shelves and judged best library.