Front Lawn Primary Academy is a storytelling school. We use Talk for Writing to teach our children.
We believe that ‘Imitation is the first step towards mastery—writers find their literary voice through replicating the voice and style of other writers. The easiest way to learn anything is to do it the way a master does’ (Andy Griffiths, Mark Burns)
Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. It also gives them the opportunity to internalise the language features learnt and then apply them to their independent writing. We teach all of our English through fun yet focused activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing. Modelling of shared writing will always be to a high standard and children will have the chance to discuss the tools that have been used to create an effect on the reader. This then enables them to choose the writer tools they want to use in their independent writing, which in turn helps them to develop their own literacy voice.
All of our writing is taught with a clear audience and purpose in mind. Children have the opportunity to write fiction and nonfiction. During their nonfiction unit they will write across the curriculum applying their knowledge of other subjects in their writing.