Talk for Writing

We have developed a powerful and effective approach to teaching English based on Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’. At English Martyrs, Talk for Writing begins in EYFS and continues through to year 6. Throughout their time with us children will build up a bank of fiction and non-fiction text types to ensure that over time children can tell and write imaginative and exciting stories and confidently instruct, argue, discuss, explain, inform and persuade. Our aim is to empower children as readers and writers, to inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Our exciting and creative curriculum has been designed around top quality children’s literature – putting it at the heart of everything we do.

During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. This stage enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting. Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently. Through all stages of Talk for Writing children experiences lively and multi-sensory sessions.

Take a look at the video below for more information.