Roskear School

Talk for Writing

Staff at Roskear, all received Talk for Writing training from Maria Richards, T4W consultant for the South West.

This half term, staff across the school have been following the T4W framework to plan and deliver the teaching of writing. It has been wonderful to see the engagement of both staff and children in this process – hearing the retelling of stories across the school, through to innovating stories and then children gaining the confidence to invent their own stories. This can been seen throughout the school, from Nursery all the way to Year 6.

Quotes from staff –

“…I am thrilled with the way TFW inspires the children to ‘talk about stories’. It enables them to acquire a rich vocabulary and use book language which opens up their world and imagination. But most of all I absolutely love listening to the children sharing their ideas. After all, what better way to trap a troll than trying to entice it with tasty chicken wings!”                                                                                                                                           Mrs Lagdon – Reception

“…The Nursery children have really enjoyed learning the T4W stories, especially innovation week. EYFS practitioners have set up themed tuff spots, made character puppets and created resources to bring the stories to life.”

Mrs Lawrence – Nursery

“…I have seen the children’s confidence improve during writing lessons this half term. Their vocabulary has developed immensely and they love to write at every opportunity.”                                                                         Miss Curnow – Year 3

“…The training that we received for TFW this term has rejuvenated our writing sessions. In particular, the structure and purpose of short burst writing has made a remarkable difference in the children’s retention of the key features of the model text.”                                                                                                                                              Mrs Dagg – Year 4

Quotes from Children –

“…I really enjoy writing now. Learning the stories has helped me to write my own stories and I understand what I am doing. I am even writing my own stories at home now!”                                                                                    Evangeline, Year 3

“…We really enjoy how we learn writing now, especially the washing line with all our learning on it. We can use it all the time to help us, like during our spine poems. Learning the actions was great fun and we enjoy guessing each other’s’ actions to test each other. We loved it when we finally got to write our own portal stories!”            Isla and Eva, Year 5