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.




Eventually, they move on to the third phase, which is when they independently apply what has been taught and practised. The final piece is their ‘hot’ task, which clearly shows progress across the unit.

This is an example of a Talk for Writing overview for each different genre. KS1 and 2 are generally taught in three-week cycles and EYFS are taught in two-week cycles.

First page of the PDF file: TLAPLiteracyspine

The next stage is the ‘innovation’ phase where the teacher leads the children into creating their own versions of the text or story. A new subject is presented and the teacher leads the children through the planning process. In EYFS and KS1, this is based on changing the basic map and retelling new versions. In KS2 they use boxed-up planners and the teacher demonstrates how to create simple plans and orally develop ideas prior to writing.

Please click on the link below to take you to the Talk for Writing website:

The key texts chosen for each term are linked to the topic the children are currently learning about. Here is the literacy spine outlining the key texts for each term from Nursery to Year 4.