At Frederick Bird, Primary School, we use the ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach to plan and teach Literacy. This whole-school approach to teaching and learning helps children to develop, use and apply their skills in spoken language, reading and writing. Throughout the whole school, children learn a wide range of quality stories, non-fiction texts and poems which they then use to develop their writing skills. Ultimately, they create their own writing, through the stages of Imitation, Innovation and Invention.

Talk for Writing has three key phases which work together to develop knowledge, confidence and independence in writing:

Imitation and immersion

We like to start our Talk 4 Writing units with a ‘wow’ starter. This fires up the creativity and imagination of the children before they immerse themselves in the model text. During this phase the children learn a model text using actions and story maps.


During this phase the teacher and the children begin to change aspects of the model text using their own ideas. They explore the text using different characters, settings or events and new ideas for descriptive language whilst sticking closely to the underlying structure.


During the invention phase, the children plan and write their own story based on the text type they have been learning. They experiment with the ideas and begin to explore their own style of writing using sentence types from the model text. The ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach is underpinned by the daily teaching of handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

To find out more follow the link: http://www.talk4writing.co.uk/about/