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In school we have a book of the week or fortnight and will complete a selection of associated activities to teach and develop reading skills, vocabulary, sentence structure etc.  We often learn a text using the Pie Corbett ‘Talk for Writing’ framework.  This is week 2 of using the attached Talk for Writing pack which provides good activities for your child to complete over the 2 weeks.


Introduce the book vocabulary into their story map, the openers; (beginning) one day, early one morning, one very dark and cold night etc. The middle; first, then, next, after that, unfortunately, luckily etc. Then the ending, conclusion; finally, in the end, and they lived happily ever after.

You can then write your child’s story out in their words. Read it together, pointing to the words as you read. Are there any sentences, parts your child can make more interesting? Add detail? Adjectives? Add these into the text.


Your child should then practise reading their story over and over. They can make prompts, puppets to help them retell it. The more they practice, the more familiar they will become with the vocabulary, speaking in complex sentences and telling a story in a sequential order.