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Talk For Writing. Ferrars Infant and Nursery School. Analysis of Results Speaking and Listening 2004/2005. 40% of children achieved level 3 24% of children were level 1 compared with 12% national average Some EAL as well as English speaking underprivileged children limited by vocabulary

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Talk For Writing

Ferrars Infant and Nursery School


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Analysis of ResultsSpeaking and Listening 2004/2005

  • 40% of children achieved level 3

  • 24% of children were level 1 compared with 12% national average

  • Some EAL as well as English speaking underprivileged children limited by vocabulary

  • This having a direct impact on writing

  • Needed to provide greater opportunities to develop vocabulary and children’s confidence with the English language


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Action and Targets

  • SLT and literacy co met to discuss next steps

  • Staff INSET to share and generate more ideas

  • Decided on a whole school approach

  • To increase opportunities for and standards in Speaking and listening

  • To improve children’s communication skills

  • To increase standards in writing


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Speaking and Listening

  • Looked at KS1 objectives

  • Year groups plan activities each term to meet objectives

  • Objectives to be met throughout the curriculum

  • Looked at national curriculum levels for speaking and listening to ensure high expectations


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Communication Skills

Lack of communication skills can cause

  • Barriers to learning

  • Poor self esteem

  • Feelings of isolation

  • Create additional problems



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Role Play

  • Role play corners

  • Exploration of everyday language

  • Activities planned

  • Opportunities to write

  • Note pads, lists, menus, memo pads


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Boarding Pass

  • Name_____________________

  • Seat number________________

  • Going to __________________


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Café Order

  • Name ________________________

  • Address_______________________

  • Table number__________

  • Food _________________________

  • Drink _________________________


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Your next appointment is

on: ___________________

at: ____________________


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Sunshine Holidays

Name ____________________________

Address __________________________

Where to? ________________________

How long for? _____________________

Mode of transport___________________


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Drama

  • Acting in character

  • Hot seating

  • Cross curricular opportunities

  • Increased motivation in boys writing

  • Children have been more able to write in role

  • Growing understanding of the importance of characterisation when writing stories


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Talking Partners

  • Used in literacy and across the curriculum

  • Mixed ability pairs

  • Writing partners

  • Structured activities to:

    Share experiences

    Generate ideas


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Communication Activities

  • Feeling charades

  • Action charades

  • Using puppets

  • Picture box

  • Conversation ball


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Circle Time and Time Fillers

  • Oral retellings of stories

  • Magic pen

  • Describing pictures

  • Changing the leader (non-verbal communication)

  • Finish the story


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The Role of Support Staff

  • Working with small groups

  • Story sacks

  • Object bags

  • Word building

  • Cookery

  • Increasing confidence and vocabulary

  • Improving communication skills


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Purpose and Audience

  • Children having1st hand experiences and being given the opportunity to talk about them


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Writing about experiences

  • School trips

  • School visitors

  • Organised entertainers

  • Producing work for assemblies

  • Letters


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Using ICT

  • Photographs

  • Tape recorders

  • Video

  • DVD’s

  • Sound effects

  • Internet searches


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Impact on Writing

We now have greater opportunities for

  • Children to collect, rehearse and refine ideas before they write

  • A real purpose and audience for their writing

  • Drama and role play

  • Sharing ideas and experiences

  • Developing communication skills


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