"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:
read a lot and write a lot."
At Bishops Waltham Infant School we teach a wide range of genres. The genres include Stories, Poetry and Non-Fiction; including letter writing, recounts, instructions and reports.
The genres taught link to the current topic and teachers plan a hook to ensure the children are enthused and that the learning is relevant.
The children are encouraged to “Talk for Writing” which enables them to imitate the key language before they try reading and writing it. Through fun games and activities they rehearse the tune of the language, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing.
When teaching narrative (story writing) the children will be given opportunities to hear a story, read a story, use actions, tell the story, use story language, plan the story (story hill/map) and write the story. The story can be imitated, innovated or invented.
When teaching non-narrative (information writing) the children will be given opportunities to hear information, read information, use actions, tell information, use informative language, plan the writing (Box it up) and write the information.
“The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read” – Mary McCleod Bethune
How does your teacher help you learn when writing?
"My teacher tells me how to make it better and how to spell tricky words." Isla Year 2
"She gives you chances to write stories. She tells us to read it out loud." Sam Year 2
"I love it when my teacher leaves me a note about my writing in a speech bubble!" Jason Year 2
How do you think you learn best?
"Reading, writing and drawing because it is always fun to do. You have an opportunity to get it wrong and learn from mistakes." Bethan Year 1
What new things have you learnt this year?
"I have learnt how to check writing with a purple pen." Bethan Year 1
"Adverbs, said sandwiches and personification like the tractor in the Katie Morag stories "big cough of smoke". Devon Year 2
What new things would you like to learn about next?
"Sending messages on a computer." Emily Year 1