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Speaking to Writing (S2W): Using oral performance as a foundation to the writing of texts in Key Stage (KS)2

The Speaking to Writing (S2W) Seed project seeks to use ‘speaking the text’ and oral performance as a foundation to the learning and teaching of writing in Key Stage (KS) 2. The project harnesses the notion of “talking the text” (Corbett & Strong, 2018) through memorable, meaningful repetition as a basis for language acquisition.

S2W offers an integrated approach to literacy where expressive oral retelling of both fiction and non-fiction is used as a bridge to reading and writing texts. First students listen to a text that is orally performed by the teacher using a visual map as reference. Then students learn to participate and orally re-tell the text using the same map, before changing and ultimately creating their own text.

The objectives of the S2W Seed project are to:

  • enhance teachers’ capacity to use the 3 Cs (copy, change and create) to build student confidence in moving away from a model text to plan and write their own;
  • collaborate with teachers to collect and analyse data from cold and hot tasks to support the planning of literacy units;
  • develop a framework to help students move from regular oral retelling, to innovate and create their own texts; and
  • explore how effective internalising text patterns is in supporting students to write their own texts.


Reference:
Corbett, P., & Strong, J. (2018) Talk for Writing in the Early Years. Open University Press, Berkshire

To find out more about this Seed project, please click here to access the PPT or here for the recording of the briefing. 

Click the two links below to access the demonstrations of the S2W oral performances of text using story maps and actions:

  1. Jack and the Beanstalk
  2. The Life Cycle of the Bean
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