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Bridging the Gap: 1stClass@Writing: Pirate Crew

TBC- School Training Venue, TBC
Course Tutors
Sue Howard
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Course Types
School Improvement Training
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Course description
Teachers and Teaching Assistants in Year 3

1stClass@Writing comes ‘ready-made’ with detailed lesson plans and resources. A specially trained Teaching Assistant delivers up to 60 stimulating and motivating 40 minute lessons to a group of up to 4 children, 4 times a week, in addition to their daily class lessons. The children develop key skills of spelling, handwriting, grammar, and punctuation in order to complete daily writing tasks linked to Pirate adventures. They develop their composition and editing skills through a balance of supported ‘one-liners’ as well as sustained, independent writing. The Teaching Assistant is supported by a Link Teacher.

The cost of the training has been significantly reduced to support schools with bridging the gaps in learning.

Training will start in the summer term to allow timely intervention with groups which can then be re-established again in the autumn term.
Training objectives
The three day training covers:
• Delivery of the intervention
• Talk for learning and writing
• Grammar for writing – sentences and text cohesion
• Handwriting and spelling
• Feedback and developing independence
Day 1: Teachers (morning only) and TAs
Day 2: TAs only
Day 3: Teachers (afternoon only) and TAs

Learning outcomes
To support pupils who have had some success in writing but:

  • Struggle to have ideas or communicate these effectively in writing

  • May have spelling and / or handwriting difficulties that create barriers to writing

  • May be later-stage learners of English as an additional language.

  • Are not able to fully access the Y3 national curriculum expectations

Additional Information
Start Date
Wednesday 30 June 2021
End Date
Thursday 14 October 2021
Closing Date
Tuesday 29 June 2021
09:30 - 15:00
Maximum Places
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