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Teaching writing at primary school

This webinar explores the research on how to effectively teach writing at primary school. Dr Helen Walls, classroom practitioner and researcher, presents the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of writing instruction, including the re-evaluation of some widely-accepted practices.

Helen interweaves research evidence with highly practical approaches and strategies that teachers can apply in their classrooms.

To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed. The key ideas discussed in this webinar are also shared in a short insight article.

Topics discussed in this webinar

Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video

1.58Context for the poor state of writing achievement in New Zealand
5.29What the research tells us about how we learn to write and the essential components of teaching a student to write
11.47What a daily writing programme in a new entrant classroom might include, including explicit instruction and feedback
15.08What a composition lesson for older students might look like
17.38Explicit handwriting instruction in the upper primary years
20.12Giving effective feedback on writing
25.46The key principles of effective spelling instruction
30.48Writing instruction across the curriculum
34.33The role of teaching grammar in writing instruction
39.42The relationship between reading and writing, and the implications of this relationship for teaching practice
42.28Formative and summative assessment of writing
46.36The role of formal writing programmes in the teaching of writing at primary school
49.45Final advice for approaching the teaching of writing in the classroom

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