Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and grammar and vocabulary.
Writing is taught through ‘Talk for Writing’ and applied through all areas of the curriculum.
This is particularly important for our pupils as many of them join us with lower than average language and vocabulary skills.
‘Talk for Writing’, is a powerful strategy because it is based on the principles of how children learn. Here at Longwood, we adapt the movement from imitation to innovation to independent application to suit the needs of our pupils across the school.
The ‘Talk for Writing’ approach enables our pupils to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. Our pupils internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘storymapping’ as well as ‘reading as a reader’ (expressing personal opinions regarding the text) and ‘reading as a writer’. By ‘reading as a writer’ our pupils explicitly learn how to draw on their reading to enhance their writing, noticing how the writer is creating effects through vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure. It is impossible for our pupils to write any type of text without being familiar with the linguistic patterns. For many of our pupils at Longwood, imagination is no longer an issue but rather a lack of the writing skills with which to structure their imagination. The aim of ‘Talk for Writing’ is for these skills to become embedded and drawn upon when writing. Our pupils will move from dependence (hugging closely to the text), towards independent writing with our teachers modelling good writing to develop our pupils' ability to write creatively and purposefully.