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English Curriculum

We are a Talk 4 Writing School

As a Talk 4 Writing school, all children learn to write through Talk 4 Writing. Talk 4 Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett as a fun, creative yet also consistent approach to developing writers.


Talk 4 Writing begins with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature from fiction and non-fiction, to poetry. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.


There are 3 stages to Talk4Writing: imitation, innovation and application. During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk 4 Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression using actions, consistent across school, 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 ‘application’ stage, children write their own text independently, using the vocabulary and structure they have learned throughout the Talk4Writing process. 


Why not ask your child to retell the story/text they are currently learning in their English lessons, at the moment!


To find out more, read our Talk 4 Writing Information Booklet below.


Please also visit the class pages to find out about the current text your child is learning.