Literacy is taught daily. Planned from the National Strategy units we plan for for all ability ranges in our classes. We incorporate elements of Big Write into our Literacy. This is where children are given an environment to work in where they are inspired to do the best piece of writing at the end of the unit. We have special pencils, beautiful lights, magical nets to catch our ideas and calming music.
In our last unit we started to use a new way to learn texts for writing called 'Talk for Writing'.
Talk for Writing encourages the importance of talking a text before attempting to write a text, because if children can't talk about a topic how can they begin to write about it? When we encourage writing we always ask a child to say their sentence outloud first; How many words does it have? Does it make sense? All of these elements of talking are enhanced and developed further in this new form of writing.
We have learnt to recite and learn texts by learning actions to go with the words, then we draw these actions onto a text map or 'Cave Drawings' as the children in Year 1 like to call it. These drawings help the children to remember the key words and information in the text. We then look at the structure of the text and how to develop it ourselves. This new way of writing has helped the children to develop their written language skills and begin to understand how to form different types of text. We are very proud to say we have seen a great improvement in all the children's writing.