Sightings of Dragons by Pie Corbett Below is a free downloadable PDF based on a unit of work that Pie has created and used with a Year 4 class. The unit includes diary entries, persuasive writing, shared writing, boxing up a recount and features four model texts. Download the PDF of the document below. Download Evidence of Dragons PDF here
Rehana and Rashida from Yew Tree Community School in Birmingham, one of the Talk for Writing Training Schools, have kindly shared their toolkit showing how sentence structure progresses across the years. Download the PDF document here
Those of you who have looked at the 2016 sample test paper will know that, unfortunately, the naming of parts (and some of them very obscure) is gaining ground and additional terminology has been added. To help teachers confidently rise to this challenge while integrating the grammar into model texts and engaging the children, we have provided a free training PowerPoint plus related resources. This PowerPoint supplements Jumpstart! Grammar which, if you haven’t purchased already, we suggest you buy here. Before using this resource for training all staff, we suggest that you try out the ideas with a small group of staff so you can build up your confidence and understanding of some of the trickier aspects. Please be aware that this is large PowerPoint file containing 57 slides. It may therefore take some time to download. Download the PDF document here
In the downloadable PDF document below, Talk4Writing expert Carol Satterthwaite provides a few recommendations of stories to use with Nursery and KS1 groups along with her reasons for selection and some ideas for how these texts could be used in class. Download PDF document here
Many schools now use the Imitate, Innovate and Invent process to teach writing using the Talk for Writing approach. However, out of the three stages, it seems to be the Invent stage that can prove to be the most challenging. So how do you successfully invent a brand new story that is of a similar quality to an innovated one? In this downloadable PDF document Talk4Writing expert Maria Richards gives her advice. Download document as a PDF Maria has also adapted Pie Corbett's generic story plots and created a document which should help provide guidance to pupils on how to structure a story. You can download this free resource below. Download document as a PDF
Carmen Malpas, a Year 4 teacher, has generously provided some downloadable key resources and planning for a Year 4 Persuasion unit based on the Talk for Writing across the curriculum approach and looking at the topic of poverty in India. The imitation text is on India, the related innovation is on Florida and the independent application is a persuasive letter seeking sponsorship for the Sport Relief mile. All the resources are downloadable and editable though some of the related Smart Board resources are not available. 1. Week 1 planning Download as a Word document 2. Week 2 planning Download as a Word document 3. Week 3 planning Download as a Word document 4. Exemplar imitation text, persuasive passage on India Download as a Word document 5. Exemplar India text colour coded Download as a Word document 6. Child poverty in India text Download as a Word document 7. Guided reading planning on child poverty Download as a Word document 8. Child povery images - think, feel, say Download as a Word document 9. Persuasive text Download as a Word document 10. Guided reading Download as a Word document 11. Clumping activity for child poverty Download as a Word document 12. Sequencing text activity - Florida innovation Download as a Word document
Below are 15 editable resources which have been shared with Talk4Writing by Carmen Malpas. They are documents that Carmen put together for a Year 4 news recount unit she did with her class on King Tut. Carmen followed this by doing an instruction unit on the same topic. All documents are available for you to download and adapt for use with your class. 1. Week 1 planning for news recount Download as Word document 2. Week 2 planning for news recount Download as Word document 3. Week 3 planning for news recount Download as Word document 4. Boxing up King Tut's kidnap Download as Word document 5. Boxing up King Tut's murder Download as Word document 6. Action bank for imitating King Tut text Download as Word document 7. Boxing up King Tut tomb discovery Download as Word document 8. Exemplar news text for Tut's murder Download as Word document 9. Planning for instruction unit Download as Word document 10. Planning for How to build a pyramid Download as Word document. 11. Picture stimulus Download as Word document 12. Mummification sequence pics Download as Word document 13. Verb, adverb, connective game Download as Word document 14. Pyramid instructions exemplar text Download as Word document 15. Mummification instructions exemplar text Download as Word document 16. King Tut news paper article Download as Word document
'Teaching English Creatively' is a 25-page document written by Pie Corbett. It is a key Talk4Writing resource in which Pie explains what is important when teaching English and also suggests a range of activities for teachers to use in the classroom. Download as a Word document.
'How to plan grammar progression year-on-year' is a teaching guide looking at which types of words and what level of grammar should be introduced at each year of the primary curriculum. This document has been updated in line with the 2016 grammar test requirements in England. Download a PDF version of document here.