Our aim at Castle Hill is to develop in all children:
High expectations – of themselves and each other. Our aim is for the children to to confidently create high quality work that they are proud of
Independence – to use their literacy skills confidently across the curriculum
Resilience – to edit and improve their work, with persistence and resilience
Innovate – to use the skills learnt in writing to innovate, invent and create
Enjoyment, and a love a writing and creating
To develop and create a language rich environment that promotes a love of reading and writing
To develop an interest in and love of books and literature that will support their learning across the curriculum and will remain long after children have left primary school
To use books as a stimulus for talk and play
To teach the craft and technique of writing; to develop the ability to identity ‘writer tools’ and to know how to ‘magpie’ those tools in their own writing
To teach and embed the basics – spelling, handwriting, grammar and punctuation
To develop in children the confidence to express themselves in writing – to know how to ‘paint pictures’ for readers.
Talk for Writing
We are a Talk for Writing school . Developed by Pie Corbett, the approach encourages children to internalise a text by learning and engaging with it. It encourages the children to imitate, innovate and independently apply.
The 3 stage writing process.
Stage 1 – Imitation Stage
Once the children are ‘hooked’ into a subject – perhaps a ‘discovery’ of dinosaur remains or a ‘visit’ from a fictional character – they will spent time learning an exemplar model, using hand actions, physical movements, and text mapping to recall a text. The will ‘enter’ the text during role role play and drama, before looking at the structure of the text and the ‘key ingredients’ and ‘tools’ a writer has used
Stage 2 – Innovation stage
Now the text is deeply embedded the children will innovate their own version.
Stage 3 – Independent application stage
The children will now have the confidence, knowledge and skills to write independently. They will edit and evaluate, publish and celebrate their efforts and achievements
Grammar and punctuation is practised through the daily use of grammar songs and games, embedding knowledge with written practice and application in creative writing. Our aim is for grammar to liberate children’s creativity, and enhance fluency.