Cherry Tree Academy implemented the Talk for Writing approach to teaching English from September 2020.
At Cherry Tree Academy, we strive to open doors for our children through the teaching of English. We aim to enrich vocabulary, share new worlds and stretch their imaginations in both reading and writing; fostering confidence, articulacy and aspirations in our learners.
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Cherry Tree Academy, writing is based on the Talk for Writing structure, with teachers having the confidence to adapt this in order to best suit their learners. A 'cold to hot' task approach is followed throughout school in order to identify childrens' gaps in knowledge and see clear progress. Spellings and grammar skills will be taught accordingly (spellings through 'spelling shed'). Children are 'hooked' with exciting experiences or purpose before being immersed in examples of genre. Through careful analysis and talk, children look at the underlying structure of these, before considering how they might adapt it to suit their own ideas. Exposure to high quality model texts helps children to have high expectations of their own writing and teacher modelling focuses children on the skills they must demonstrate. Scaffolding materials such as word banks, thesaurus and a working wall make the learning visible and help children to make conscious decisions about their writing as an author. Editing, both in independent and with peers, is an important part of the writing process an children learn how to act on feedback. Children are encouraged to take pride in their writing. Parents are engaged through letters home regarding whole school writes, where children have opportunities to talk and pre plan their writing at home with an adult.
An English lesson at Cherry Tree Academy would include:
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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