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This week I would like you to have a go at re-telling a story using 'Talk for writing'.  As a school, we use this approach when listening to, re-telling and writing stories.  Talk for Writing was developed by Pie Corbett and the approach enables children to internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’. 


As a class we think of actions to accompany key words or phrases in our story (lots of them are the same from story to story). This helps to draw attention to the language that we would like the children to use in their writing, for example 'one day', 'after that', 'finally' etc.


We re-tell the story over and over again using these actions until the children are confident to say it independently.  We then draw pictures on a story board/map to help us to remember the story and use this story board/map as a visual prompt when re-telling our story.  


After we are confident at 'talking' the story we then move on to writing the story.  The teacher models writing parts of the story, emphasising the key language.  After that the children independently write their version, using their own story board/map to guide them.  We usually break the writing up into the beginning, middle and end. 


The final step is to encourage the children to change an element of the original story (e.g. setting, character, problem) to make a new story of their own.  They would plan out what they were going to change before writing their own brand new story!


This week we are going to be exploring the story of:

The Three Little Pigs!

Watch the following video to remind you of the story...

Silly Symphony - The Three Little Pigs

A Walt Disney classic Silly Symphony the Three Little Pigs. An amazing peice of animation!

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