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We are a Talk for Writing School

As a Talk for Writing school, all children learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to develop writers.







We aim to enable our children to:

  • Enjoy quality experiences that will enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Be enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction
  • Become lifelong learners as readers and writers through Talk for Writing.
  • Explore global issues through writing (for example, persuasive writing and spoken language)  
  • Write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct
  • Write a range of text types (fiction and non-fiction) and in a range of genres and be able to write in a variety of styles and form appropriate to the situation
  • Increase their ability to use planning and drafting to improve their work
  • Use a variety of mediums to express their written ideas, e.g. ICT and Drama.


Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently.


To find out more, read our Talk for Writing Information Booklet below. Please also visit class blogs at to find out about the current text your child is learning.