This year Horsenden teachers have begun to teach writing through the Talk for Writing approach. This approach enables pupils to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that pupils internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The focus on oracy skills and learning through actions and visual prompts engages all learners and breaks down learning barriers that many pupils have. By developing pupils’ ability to say high quality sentence structures, it develops their ability to write these sentence structures themselves. Through a carefully sequenced learning journey, Talk for Writing allows pupils to move from dependence to independence in their writing. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage and shared and guided writing allows pupils to develop the ability to write creatively and powerfully.


An overview of the process can be seen below:

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

Grammar, punctuation and spelling is linked through the Talk for Writing lessons (as well as being embedded within our handwriting programme). A breakdown of the skills taught in each year group can be found here.

Spelling lists are linked to phonics work in Reception to Year 2 and from Year 3 onwards we link our spelling lists and teaching to Spelling Shed.

A breakdown of the spelling overview by year group can be found here.

Epic Word Adventure

Mrs Wordsmith (our favourite vocabulary friend) recently released an exciting, explosive word-filled app called ‘Epic Word Adventure’. Developed with literacy experts, the app introduces children to ‘Barksy’, a word-hungry hound who scoots around Blabberville, learning words and using them in graffiti. Epic missions and environments await you every day and the aim of the game is to find spray cans, learn words, and perform epic scooter tricks whilst exploring Blabberville, a constantly expanding 3D world with surprises around every corner. The more words learnt, the more ‘blabberbucks’ are earned. These can be ‘spent’ on outrageous outfits and state-of-the-art scooters! If you’re looking for an app that is fun and educational (and will certainly help with reading) then we recommend checking this one out. You can watch the trailer here