Our approach to Writing

Talk for Writing

All our children learn to write through Talk for Writing. Talk for Writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet also a rigorous approach to develop writers. 


At Upton Cross, we intend for our pupils to leave our setting at Year 6, being independent, confident writers, who have the skills to succeed in secondary school and beyond. English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society and it plays a pivotal role at Upton Cross, where the children value and appreciate the central role it plays within the wider curriculum. Therefore, a high-quality education in English is vital to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. The exposure to quality literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Through wider reading and application of knowledge through writing, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually

We aim to enable our children to:

  • Enjoy quality experiences that will enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Be enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction
  • Become lifelong learners as readers and writers through Talk for Writing.
  • Explore global issues through writing (for example, persuasive writing and spoken language)  
  • Write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct
  • Write a range of text types (fiction and non-fiction) and in a range of genres and be able to write in a variety of styles and form appropriate to the situation
  • Increase their ability to use planning and drafting to improve their work
  • Use a variety of mediums to express their written ideas, e.g. ICT and Drama.

Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

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. 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.

Our children in EYFS and KS1 begin the process of spelling by the Read Write Inc approach (Which you can find more information about in 'Our Approach to Reading'. 
Once the children are confident with the sounds and come off the RWI programme, they then move onto the RWI spelling programme for Year 2. We are currently new to this and are trialling this in Year 2 before cascading into Year 3 to 6. 
Currently our Year 3 to 6 use the Mr N Speed Spell approach as well as being regularly introduced to new spelling patterns to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. Spelling is taught as a regular discrete lesson in KS2.