“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”
- Orson Scott
Writing at Great Missenden
At Great Missenden we are passionate about English! A child’s ability to read, write and express themselves clearly and with a rich and complex vocabulary is priceless and we have adopted the Talk for Writing system to support this aspiration.
Talk for Writing is a system for teaching English which creates strong links between a child’s reading and their writing and that empowers children to create independent pieces of written work through a step by step process. Children first become inspired by a new topic or genre, then imitate, learn off by heart, an example text which provides a great example of how this type of writing should appear in its finished form. They then innovate parts of this example text, change more and more and adding their own creative flourishes until they are ready, at the end of a unit to independently write their own version of the story or text they were introduced to at the beginning of the teaching sequence. This system could be simplified as a movement through the following stages:-
Inspiration, Imitation, Innovation and Independent Application
This approach underpins our teaching of English throughout the school and is adapted to teach all age-groups, but we also teach English skills - reading, writing and oracy- throughout the broader curriculum, allowing children to apply their knowledge in different, creative contexts.
Over the course of the year, children will have the opportunity to use a range of discussion, performance, writing and reading activities to develop their literary, linguistic and language sk
opportunities to develop their ability to: