Literacy Working Walls
Unlike traditional wall displays, working walls are interactive and can be used to record, visualise and assist learning.
Our Literacy Working Walls exemplify the writing process of Talk for Writing from the imitation stage (reading as a writer, learning a text off by heart and understanding its features) to the invention stage (the children’s independent attempt at the genre).
The wall represents a workshop approach to writing – where the tools of the trade are accessible and added to as the writing develops.
“The working walls help us with our learning; especially helping us with ideas for writing. Mrs Seddon and Mrs Baxter add important features or sentence types to the wall during the lesson, then we can ‘magpie’ ideas when we are writing!” … Keira Molyneaux
Features included on the Literacy Working Wall:
Genre checklist – Talk for Writing exemplar text – identifying purpose and audience, language features, structure. This is annotated to highlight examples.
Text Map – whole class – children’s WAGOLLs (What A Good One Looks Like).
Planning – boxing up examples.
Success Criteria – relating to the genre/children’s writing targets.
Drafting – shared writing/children’s WAGOLLs.
Up-levelling – shared writing/children’s WAGOLLs.
Examples of – connectives, openers, punctuation and vocabulary/wow word section.
Most importantly, the Literacy Working Wall is used by the children who add to it throughout the session/genre.
Examples of Working Walls from Year 2/1, 3 and Year 5
“I always use the super sentences in my own writing. If I forget what genre features to include, I can check the working wall to help me.” … Luke Hampson