At Brockley, we follow the 'Talk 4 Writing' method of teaching writing - we firmly believe that this interactive, engaging and inclusive model is key to improving the quality of our children's writing.
In Elephant class, we begin each writing focus by reading, studying and discussing a quality 'model text,' which allows the children to see what a good example looks like. To embed the vocabulary and style of the text, we use things like word banks, spider diagrams and conversation to share thoughts and ideas to benefit all.
The next stage of the process is 'evaluation,' where the children review the model text, then have a go at adapting it into their own piece of writing by identifying any key or relevant techniques.
Finally, when the children have had chance to 'have a go,' they write their own independent piece, which is then published in their Big Write books.
To inspire the children in their writing this term, the children are exploring Mount Everest and the adventures that are undertaken, primarily the first successful climb completed by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.