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Talk for Writing

This week, Year 4 kindly shared their learning in our Golden Assembly as part of the Log Book focus. On one of my classroom visits, I had the pleasure of seeing the children using, ‘Talk for Writing’, an engaging teaching framework based on the principles of how children learn. This approach, enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. The children ‘talk the text’ to internalise language structures that they can apply to their own writing. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully. 

We are moving towards using this approach as a whole school and the staff have an intense training package planned, starting on Friday 14 February, when the school is closed to pupils. We will remind you that this is an inset day over the next two weeks of this term. Ms Bazell, our Writing Lead, is already familiar with Talk for Writing, so Year 4 are trialling aspects of it already. If you were in Golden Assembly on Friday, you would have learned how our dishwashers REALLY work! Miaow!

Well done to our fabulous Oscar Winners George and Saskia who wowed us with their phenomenal reasons for being nominated. Full oscar nomination scripts will be published in the termly newsletter. Congratulations to our Golden Ticket Winners, who were all fabulous and to Jobs Class (Y6) for receiving Keith’s Golden Broom award. Superbly behaved pupils from Year 6, have been helping Keith with some Site Manager duties on a Wednesday afternoon and I know he has been so impressed with them! This week Lovelace (Y3) were knocked off the golden bench by our top scoring Braille Class (Y2) who have taken on the Dojo Champion title! What superstars – well done!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. We only have two weeks of term left, so make every day of learning, really count!

Mrs Campbell – Headteacher

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