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Imitation Phase

The teaching begins with a creative ‘hook’ which engages the children, often with a sense of enjoyment, audience and purpose. During this phase children are introduced to the model text. This teaches them the structure and language for the text type. They create a story map, replacing the words with images to learn the text by heart. This is done with actions and performance; children learn intonation, pacing and emphasis to perform the entire text.

Once children have learnt the text, the model, and other examples, are then read for vocabulary and comprehension, before being analysed for text and language patterns, as well as writing techniques or toolkits. All of this first phase is underpinned by rehearsing key spellings and grammatical patterns. Short-burst writing is used to inspire the children and  practise the new skills being taught.


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