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VIRTUAL TRAINING: 1stClass@Writing: Pirate Crew

Virtual Zoom Meeting, Zoom Invite to be sent via email
Course Tutors
Sue Howard
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Target Audience
target audience
Course Types
School Improvement Training
Course categories
School Improvement
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 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

Cost Details
£550 per school (1 teacher and 1 teaching assistant), including resources and support throughout the year for all LA maintained schools in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

£600 per school (1 teacher and 1 teaching assistant), including resources and support throughout the year for all academies in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, schools from other LAs and Independent schools
Training objectives
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

Learning outcomes
Additional Information
Start Date
Monday 4 October 2021
End Date
Friday 14 January 2022
Closing Date
Sunday 3 October 2021
09:30 - 15:00
Maximum Places
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