At Horsenden, we 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.

Talk for Writing Enrichment Activities

Year 2 become journalists