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Talk for Writing


At St Teresa's we follow the Talk for Writing approach in our English lessons.  We plan each topic as a unit which is broken into different phases:


Cold Task - Children 'have a go' at a task linked to the unit with no initial teaching.  This is to assess what the children can do independently and to set targets.

Imitation - Children are introduced to the unit with a 'hook' to engage the pupils.  They then use a range of games, drama, text maps and actions to learn the text.  They will also analyse the key features of a model text.

Innovation - This phase involves constructing writing toolkits, shared writes, changing models and planning their own version of the text.

Independent Application (Hot Task) - Children will then use all that they have learnt to write an independent piece of writing linked to the unit.


For more information please visit the Talk for Writing website.




Children are taught to write in cursive script from Reception onwards.  In KS2 children have the ability to earn a Pen Licence when they are able to join their letters correctly and consistently.



Spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught daily.  Children are taught spellings from the Y5/6 Statutory word list and follow a sequence of grammar which links back to their writing in English.