Warren Road Primary School 2018-07-19T12:56:21+00:00

Warren Road Primary School, OrpingtonIMG_0276

Talk for Writing Lead: Jamie Thomas
Email: jamie.thomas@warrenroad.bromley.sch.uk

Warren Road Primary School is a large 4-form entry academy, with over 840 pupils, set in extensive grounds on the edge of Orpington, in the London Borough of Bromley. We are an ‘Outstanding’ school and well-established National Teaching School (designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership).

Since 2015, we have been part of the Bromley Primary Writing Project, working with Pie Corbett, John Stannard and other Talk for Writing (TfW) specialists to implement the methodologies across the curriculum. These methodologies are now firmly embedded across the school from EYFS through to Y6, and have impacted positively upon standards in both reading and writing and the application of key skills across the wider curriculum.

Talk for Writing has been the most successful whole school initiative we T4W Receptionhave undertaken at Warren Road. Staff have collaborated to share skills, expertise and support one another in the project’s implementation. Standards have risen in all year groups, especially in areas of ‘Greater Depth’, where written outcomes are over an extremely high standard. In addition, writing for pleasure has become a feature of the school, with children making the most of opportunities both in and out of lessons, as well as at home, to develop their key skills and their creativity. Visitors to the school will find themselves immersed in lessons where vocabulary is championed and celebrated; grammar, punctuation and spelling is contextualised and used with confidence and content is rich and engaging.

Our mission statement for Literacy is: ‘Children love English and are excited to read, write and express themselves.’ Before T4W, 61% of children said that they enjoyed Literacy and felt confident as writers. After the first year of TFW, a staggering 91% of children felt this way, meaning that – in the space of a year – we changed the attitude of 216 children…and this percentage continues to rise!

Here are some of the comments from our current pupils and parents:

Pupil Voice:
• “I really like Talk for Writing because I used to not like Literacy that much, but now I really do because I know what I am doing. I used to not have many ideas, but now I have lots. I also didn’t know how to write my ideas down, how to format them, but now, with the help of the story maps, I have learnt how to get them onto the paper.”
• “It is such fun! The teachers act out the stories before we learn the story. It is funny.”

Parental Voice:IMG_0449
• “I would like to let you know that my son has made a significant improvement in his writing this year. He is a child who has always enjoyed anything but creative writing. He used to tell me that he had not got a clue what to write and how to start a story. Lately he complains less and is able to apply to his writing task quickly. I am very pleased with the change. He is very lucky to be in the first year group who practise/learn the new method of writing. It is extremely helpful and has boosted his confidence in writing. Thank you!”

• “The difference in my son’s abilities, awareness of language and different text types used now (he’s in year 1) from such an early age, that has been born from the talk for writing, has given him a much stronger start to writing. A love of writing is being fostered and the transition between year groups over time should become easier. What he can do and tell me at 6 years old is remarkable! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in moving this initiative forward at Warren Road.”

Since 2012, we have been a National Teaching School (Warren Teaching School Alliance) and seek to promote outstanding teaching and learning. We work closely with schools to provide high quality training and continually strive for further improvement. In becoming a Talk for Writing Training Centre, we are thrilled to be able to share our journey, methods and practices in order to further develop the teaching of English in other schools. We have a strong track record supporting other schools, and particular expertise in the development of science and the wider curriculum, where Talk for Writing has also made a significant impact.

Based upon specific requirements, Warren Road can tailor training packages or visits to suit.

The following courses/visits are currently planned for 2018/19:

Talk for Writing – An Induction (2 days) (09:15 – 15:00)

Day 1:
• An overview of the TFW process
• Short burst writing games and activities to take back to the classroom
• Shared writing with a focus on poetry
• Lunch and a chance to network
• Storytelling and activities at KS1
• Storytelling and activities at KS2
Day 2:
• Lesson observation – Imitation
• Innovation in EYFS & KS1
• Innovation in KS2
• Lunch and a chance to network
• Independent application across the curriculum
• Links to non-fiction

Course Dates:
• 6th & 20th September 2018

Talk for Writing – An Introduction (09:15 – 12:15)

• An overview of the TFW process and its impact on raising standards.
• A learning walk to see TFW being taught throughout the school.
• A book look to see the written outcomes over time.
• A question and answer session with teachers, children and the TFW lead.

Course Dates:
• 17th October 2018
• 28th November 2018
• 10th January 2019
• 6th March 2019

Talk for Writing – An Immersion (09:15 – 15:00)

• An overview of the TFW process and its impact on raising standards.
• An immersion in classrooms to see TFW being taught throughout the school.
• A book look to see the written outcomes over time.
• A question and answer session with teachers, children and the TFW lead.
• Lunch and a chance to network.
• Short-burst writing games and activities to take back to the classroom.
• Y6 shared writing workshop, with a focus on turning poetry into prose.

Course Dates:
• 5th July 2018
• 15th November 2018
• 24th January 2019
• 14th March 2019

Talk for Writing – Forum (16:15 – 17:45)

This forum is an opportunity for subject leaders, teachers and teaching assistants practising the Talk for Writing methodologies to keep up-to-date with innovative, practical ideas to inspire and share good practice. Each session will include a focus of training (meeting the needs and requirements of the delegates on the course) as well as an open forum for discussion.

Course Dates:
• 27th September 2018
• 10th January 2019
• 3rd May 2019

Talk for Writing – Non-Fiction (09:15 – 15:00)

• An overview of the TFW process and its impact on raising standards.
• An immersion in classrooms to see TFW being taught throughout the school.
• A book look to see the written outcomes over time.
• A question and answer session with teachers, children and the TFW lead.
• Lunch and a chance to network.
• Planning session, looking at the different elements of non-fiction.

Course Dates:
• 18th October 2018
• 3rd April 2019

Talk for Writing in Y6 (09:15 – 12:45)

• Reviewing the national requirements for writing at ‘Greater Depth’ at KS2.
• Collaborative planning session (co-constructed prior to lesson).
• Observing an ‘Outstanding’ practitioner delivering the plan through a lesson observation.
• Evaluating the written outcomes and discussing the impact on learning.
• Establishing next steps to implement in school.

Course Dates:
• 14th November 2018
• 23rd January 2019
• 13th March 2019

Talk for Writing Planning (bespoke training)

Planning Twilight (2 hours) will include:
• A complete 4-week unit of work for your year group, ready to take away and implement.
• Guidance on how to write a model text based upon a quality text, film or animation.
• Guidance on how to contextualise all requirements in grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Full Day Planning (5 hours) will include:
• A half term plan, including a model text, innovated text and a bank of resources.
• A strategic map of how to plan a TFW scheme of work.
• Guidance on how to write a model text based upon a quality text, film or animation.
• Guidance on how to contextualise all requirements in grammar, punctuation and spelling.
• Ideas for a hook.
• Short-burst writing opportunities (including poetry).
• Links to non-fiction writing opportunities across the curriculum.

Talk for Writing – Bespoke Training

In addition to our courses, we are also able to offer bespoke training and inset in any of the areas of Talk for Writing. Should you be interested in specific training for your school, please contact: Jamie@wtsa.co.uk