Creating Writers in the Primary Classroom
Practical Approaches to Inspire Teachers and their Pupils
By Miles Tandy, Jo Howell
Foreword by Michael Morpurgo
David Fulton Publishers – 2008 – 134 pages
Teachers in English schools have now had ten years of prescriptive national literacy strategies and it is time for a new approach. This book encourages children from their early years to think of themselves as writers who have something to write and know how to write it.
Creating Writers in the Primary Classroom offers an exciting and refreshing approach to teaching writing in the primary school with very practical suggestions to help build a community of writers in your school where everyone writes and loves writing. Building on the research of recent years and with whole-curriculum provision, it shows teachers how to actively engage children in the writing process, excite them about what they can achieve and help all children to think of themselves as writers.
The book begins with a clear analysis of what real writers really need and has chapters on working outdoors, using the very best of children’s literature, drama and imaginative play, as well as sounds and images. It also features a chapter on practical, productive planning, including two case studies that show the approaches in use at schools. Creating Writers in the Primary Classroom is packed with practical advice, games and strategies for the classroom based on the authors’ successful experience as teachers and in-service providers. These new approaches will enable teachers to get their children up and moving, experiencing what writers experience, feeling what writers feel and, most important of all, writing how writers write.
'The book can be read from start to finish easily, but I suspect many teachers will want to revisit, dipping in to draw on the ideas and approaches described. This is an outstanding and accessible text, which has the potential to change practice. It will enhance the focus on text as a starting point in the renewed literacy framework for primary schools and support teachers in the development of 'talk for writing', giving them the theoretical background alongside so many practical approaches.' - NATE
'This is an extremely useful book which- in the context of Primary Curriculum Reviews and the greater flexibility offered by the Renewed Framework- has been published at just the right time. It acknowledges the ways in which the Literacy Strategy has helped in the genre-led teaching of sentence structure, and textual cohesion and then goes on to offer a more wide-ranging perspective on the writing process and on the pedagogies that will help develop confident, engaged writiers across all ages.' - NATE Classroom
Introduction 1. Something worth writing about? 2. Getting out more 3. Good books matter 4. Using drama and imaginative play 5. Using sound and images 6. Creating a range of texts 7. Practical, productive planning 8. Building a community of writers
Miles Tandy and Jo Howell are advisers with Warwickshire’s Educational Development Service, UK.