Talk for Writing


Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing a range of stories. Children need to have a repertoire of stories that they can retell orally. A ‘cold’ task is an independent piece of writing which children complete at the beginning of each new genre and the children are assessed on what they already know and what they need to be taught. The children will then be presented with a ‘hook’ to the topic, which engages them and encourages questioning. During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story or piece of text off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story or text map to support their retelling. This also supports the children with internalising the structure of the genres.

Writing key texts literacy spine

Writing visual map