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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine

Talk for Writing


Hi parents/carers and children,


At St James we use a scheme called Talk for Writing to help the children to learn all the skills that they need to become confident writers. Through its multi-sensory and interactive teaching it enables children of all ages and abilities to learn to write a wide range of story/text types using various methods including:

  • listening to and learning texts and stories;
  • taking part in drama and role-play;
  • drawing and story mapping;
  • collecting words and language strategies
  • building their working knowledge of grammar. 

This scheme has 3 key phases which the children work through in order to become confident in writing in a range of styles. These are:

Imitation- during this phase the children learn a model text using actions and story maps.

Innovation- during this phase the teacher and the children begin to change aspects of the model text using their own ideas, eg they will change the setting for the story or change the character.

Invention- During the invention week the children plan and write their own story based on the text type they have been learning.


That is a very simple explanation of the talk for writing process and the process leading to an end piece of writing is detailed and tailored to the children. Below you will find some Talk for Writing units that have been specifically written for different year groups but more will be added at a later date so that you can see what and how your children are learning in order to become confident writers.


Ms Randle ( English Lead)



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6