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The fear of failure.

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Talk for Writing

“Story plots can act as blue prints for the imagination.”

Pie Corbet


The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that the children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as reading. 


The key pHases of the Talk for Writing process are outlined below. These enable children to imitate orally the language they need for a particularly topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. 


Stage 1- Baseline assessment and planning- ‘cold’ task

Stage 2- The imitation phase- Learn a story by heart using actions

Stage 3- The innovation phase- Make their own changes and adaptions 

Stage 4- Independent application and invention- ‘hot’ task 

Stage 5- Final assessment- building on progression


The Talk for Writing approach is particularly beneficial for children who have amazing ideas, but struggle to get their thoughts onto the page. It is a process that uses spoken activities to develop writing skills and it is something that we teach from Nursery up to Year 6.