We are using Talk For Writing as a consistent approach to writing at Grasmere.

We find that the movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.

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 children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

Schools underpin their English work by establishing a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon. Imaginative units of work are developed to create a whole-school plan that is refined over the years, is well-resourced and documented to release teachers from planning and preparation so that they can focus on adapting their teaching for children’s learning. The approach moves through different phases as outlined below.

So far this year there have been fantastic hooks that engage and excite children including a tiger that came to tea [you can guess which book that launched] and an alien that visited Year [launching the book Beegu].

Our writing lead is Emmy. Please speak to her if you require further information.

Below are examples of the amazing work produced.

Story map Beegu innovation

Example of Y1 outcome of Beegu writing

Tiger that came to tea launch

The Tiger!

MacBeth Y6

MacBeth Y6