Teaching Writing @ Pirton Hill
As a school we have recently adopted the Talk for Writing as our approach to teaching English / Writing (from January 2018).
This approach has been developed by Pie Corbett who says, "If children learn stories orally, it improves the quality of their writing and develops the children's self-confidence as story tellers. If a child knows a story really well, it makes the task of writing easier because they do not have to compose at the same time as tackling handwriting, spelling and punctuation."
This approach breaks the teaching of writing down into three steps / stages:
Stage 1: Immersion
Stage 2: Innovation
Stage 3: Invention
Handwriting @ Pirton Hill
Fluent, neat and joined handwriting relies on letters being formed in the correct way and from the correct starting point. At Pirton Hill we ensure that children are all taught this consistently by teaching handwriting regularly through short, focused sessions.
From November 2017, to support the development of handwriting, the school has used tramlines in Handwriting and English books, as well as flipchart pads and interactive whiteboard backgrounds.
This is an example of the tramlines that we use:
“Handwriting is a skill which, like reading and spelling, affects written communication across the curriculum. Given effective teaching, handwriting can be mastered by most pupils by the time they are seven or eight years old enabling them, with practice, to go on to develop a faster and more mature hand ready for secondary school and adult life.”
Suzanne Tiburtius of the National Handwriting Association