Pie Corbett-Talk for Writing
Ledbury Primary is a Talk for Writing school. Talk for Writing was developed by Pie Corbett, an educationalist, storyteller and poet. Talk for Writing is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn to write. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version.
'All texts are woven from the tissues of other texts, whether their authors know it or not.'
David Lodge-The Art of Fiction
Learning and remembering texts helps children say the text and know the general idea of the text before they start to write. When they sit down to write they can focus upon the best way to express what they want to say.
Learning and remembering a text is a multi-sensory method of teaching children stories so that they know them off by heart. This results in both structure and language patterns becoming embedded or internalised. The writer can then readily draw upon them to create new texts.
The multi-sensory approach includes hand actions to help support the memory for parts of the text and a visual text map to support retelling.