Don't forget. On Friday, we are dressing up as PIRATES!
We have challenges to face...and we will meet them head on!
We will become the BEST WRITERS IN THE WORLD!
We will be bringing home TALK HOMEWORK! Please help us with it because our writing on Friday depends upon it! ARRRGGGGHHH!
‘Pirate Writing’ is a whole school initiative adopted by Roman Road Primary School to improve writing standards. It is a strategy which emphasises the development of the writer’s voice. Children will be introduced to the concept:
‘If you can’t speak it…you can’t write it’
Using a variety of techniques, children are encouraged to ‘steal’ the best ideas to use in their own writing.
The main focuses are:
• 4 basic skills (GHASP: Grammar,Handwriting,Spelling,Punctuation)
• VCOP (Vocabulary,Connectives,Openers,Punctuation)
• Rainbow Reading and Writing using WoW words:
Red words WoW doing words (verbs)
Purple words WoW descriptive words (adjectives/adverbs)
Blue words WoW connectives
Orange words WoW openers
Green words WoW additional phrases and clauses
• Using OSIE (Openers, Senses, Imagery, Emotions)
• Stealing the best ideas from other writers
• Talk homework
• Assessment for Learning strategies:
(peer/self assessment, paired talk, questioning)
• Creativity & linking to Creative Themes – making the writing process meaningful
• Addressing all learning styles
• Specific Targets (of which the child is aware)
• Lots of praise and rewards
• Silence for writing (where appropriate)
• Tracking of progress
Pirate Writing culminates in a whole morning session every alternate week:
Lesson 1:‘Build up’ to writing using a variety of lively games/whole class modelling and planning/use of Rainbow Writing etc.
Lesson 2: ‘Pirate Writing’ session. The atmosphere of the room is altered to create an environment conducive to creativity.
We hope to become excellent writers and 'steal' all the best ideas...like pirates!
Posted by B Allen at November 23, 2010 10:37 PM
I can't WAIT to dress up as a pirate on Friday!!Our writing is going to be FAB!!!
Posted by: Miss Allen at November 23, 2010 10:45 PM
Today pirate dressing up. I'm so excited can't wait to get to school.
I wonder what the teachers will be dressed like they might be as dull as cave or as bright as the sun.
Posted by: Ellie Chambers at November 26, 2010 8:39 AM
I loved the pirate writing eventhough i dont know what my writing was like. Hope its ok.Me and Ruby dressed up on Friday and enjoyed the day.
Posted by: Ellen Robson at November 27, 2010 9:59 AM
We had an excellent time on Friday. We were very worried that two of our teachers had been kidnapped but because the pirates thought our writing was fabulous they let them go. Mrs Cullen then rang us to tell us she was safe. PHEW!
Posted by: Year One at November 28, 2010 7:34 PM