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In 2018 we implemented a new approach to teaching English called Talk for Writing. The aim of Talk for Writing is to develop imaginative, creative and effective writers. It is used from Nursery through to Year 6. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to developing writing.

Talk for Writing has three key phases:



During this phase the children create story maps to accompany the oral retelling of the text. The key to success for the children is that they internalise the text type through repetition and rehearsal. They also look closely at the language and text features that have been used.



During this phase the teacher and the children begin to change aspects of the model text using their own ideas. They explore the text using different characters, settings or events whilst sticking closely to the underlying structure. This process enables the children to use the grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary they have explored.


Independent application

During this phase the children plan and write their own story based on the text type they have been learning. They experiment with the ideas and begin to explore their own style of writing.


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Talk 4 Writing examples