This half term we have based our learning around two traditional stories, as we particularly wanted to focus on using ‘Talk for Writing’. This was developed by a man called Pie Corbett.
Pie Corbett’s theory is that using his process, children build up a bank of texts, both fiction and non-fiction which they learn orally. They can then tell the stories fluently, can discuss and evaluate the stories, and they gain a bank of vocabulary from which they can utilise to create their own verbal texts.
There are three stages of talk for writing – Imitation, Innovation and Invention/Independent Application) at the Foundation Stage.
The children loved learning the actions for the key conjunctions for our stories – ‘the imitation stage’. Once they were ready we filmed these for parents/carers to come and view at our final event – ‘The Cinema’. We grew our own beanstalks, made gingerbread men and made our own popcorn pots for the event.
We also gave ‘the innovation stage’ a go with one of the stories, ‘The Gingerbread Man’. The children worked on changing the ending of this story. We are planning to use TFW again for our next topic, and now we have become familiar with the process we will be planning to also work on ‘the invention/independent application stage’.
We hope you enjoy watching our story telling films.
Jack and the Beanstalk – At the start of this film we demonstrate some of the conjunctions we used to help us retell the story.