Talk for Writing

At Brockworth Primary Academy, we believe that the best way to develop skills in writing is to immerse children in fun, enjoyable texts, allowing them to build up their vocabulary and sentence construction. We follow a system known as Talk for Writing. 

Talk for writing is an initiative designed by Pie Corbett, a well-known Literacy expert. He says that, "If children learn stories orally, it improves the quality of their writing and develops the children's self confidence as story tellers. If a child knows a story really well, it makes the task of writing easier because they do not have to compose at the same time as tackling handwriting, spelling and punctuation." We have therefore introduced Talk for writing in KS1/FS to help children to improve their story telling and writing.  

Talk for Writing unit is based on 3 key stages:


  • The imitation stage – Each unit begins with the teacher sharing an engaging, topic related text with the children. As a class, or in groups, children create actions to accompany the oral re-telling of the story. They also create story maps, using pictures and symbols, to depict actions and events from the text.  Children then explore the key ingredients and language that make the text work and build a tool kit of important features to use when writing their own versions of the text.


  • The innovation stage – This stage of the process is where children and teachers work together closely using the structure of the example text but changing certain aspects to make it different in some way. This process enables the children to write their own versions through developing their ability to generate good words and phrases. This stage begins with shared writing between teacher and pupils and develops into children working with peers to edit and review their work regularly as they re-write their own versions.


  • The invention stage – This stage is where children write their own text on a different topic but based on the structure and genre of the example text and using the key features they picked out and placed into their toolkit.