Every day Room 2a writes a story! Everyone at Holy Cross Catholic School does writing every day. Sometimes it is on the ActivBoard, our books, the whiteboards, with chalk on the pavement or on paper with crayons, felts or pencils!
We like to use different types of writing materials to make things interesting and varied.
First we like to experience things which we can write about. We look at interesting things, do interesting things and then we talk about them.
We try to use descriptive language and name things correctly. We often try to list some synonyms for things, so we have a variety of words to use. Sometimes we focus on the order in which things happened, so we sequence events accurately.
Here are some stories about going to the playground which we wrote after visit to Allenby Park.
Next we participate as the teacher models how to write a story. She will talk about how to draw the picture plan, that we should write our name on our work, and that we then begin to plan our story by saying each sentence out loud before recording it.
We use a combination of writing the words we know by heart, that we can recognise from our word card or in the classroom environment – and also saying words slowly, stretching them out carefully and recording all the letter sounds we can hear. We listen for beginning, ending and medial sounds. This is why it is so important for us to know all our letter sounds, if we hear b – then we need to know to write the letter ‘b’!
Our teacher shows us one or two skills to focus on each day. It might be starting a sentence with a capital letter. It may be finishing a sentence with a full stop. It may be writing more sentences, or becoming an independent writer. We might focus on common blends or joining words to make compound sentences (and, but, so, then.) We read this teacher modeled story together and then go off to write our own stories. It might be reading back the story we have written or saying our story out loud after finishing our picture plan.
Here are our stories about making green jelly on the week of St Patrick’s Day.
Usually we work as two groups. Blue group will do an independent literacy activity and the Green group will work with the teacher. The independent activities might be – writing on the whiteboards copying words or simple sentence cards, doing an ABC puzzle, writing our names on the pavement in chalk, working on a read/write activity on the ActivBoard or practising writing with felt tips on big pieces of paper or coloured paper.
After the first group has worked with the teacher, being as independent as they can and conferencing with the teacher during and after story writing, we swap activities.
Writing is very challenging for us, we need to work really hard and focus on our work, thinking about writing an interesting story for our audience to read and enjoy!
Any practise we do at home will help us. We love to get praise adn encouragement from our family!!
Maybe we could practise writing our family names, or copying a simple sentence and reading it back. Maybe we could write a card or letter to Nana or Grandad? Maybe we could write a simple menu for the lovely dinner Mum or Dad has cooked for us and put it where everyone can read it before lunch or dinner. Maybe we could write a list of our favourite movies, books or toys.
Any work we do at home can be taken to school and shared with our classmates to inspire them to write too. It will probably be hung on the wall to be admired and re read regularly.