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.

‘I can look at the Literacy Working Wall to help me if I get stuck.’ …. Casey Young

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

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‘It helps me to improve my writing as the Literacy Working Wall has lots of useful words and sentence types on.’   Kerrick Mills