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As writing is a means of expression, both for personal cognitive purposes and for communicating with others, teaching children to write with confidence, fluency, imagination and accuracy is at the core of our curriculum at St Peter and St Paul. In order to achieve this, we follow Talk for Writing as a whole school process for the teaching of English.


From their first days with us, to their last, the children are immersed in wealth of wonderful writing. Central to the approach is the principle that the children must be able to say what they want to write. We use drama, games and story maps to help the children learn stories, vocabulary and sentence structures. Teachers act as expert models of the writing process in shared writing sessions. Moving through the phases of imitation, innovation and independent application, allows the children to continually cycle through supported and independent writing opportunities to write a range of different story and text types. Talk for Writing, supports the children to develop their confidence in writing and see themselves as authors. 


What is Talk for Writing? Pie Corbett explains

Talk for Writing founder and Literacy expert, Pie Corbett, gives a brief overview of the Talk for Writing approach to teaching Literacy, and why it works.

Writing in Early Years Foundation Stage (Donaldson Class)



Donaldson Class have been learning all about dinosaurs. They have been beginning to think about their description by creating oral sentences and working towards writing sentences and phrases for description. 


Donaldson Class have also been doing some wonderful non-fiction learning. They learned lots of dinosaur facts and even created their own dinosaur books. 


They are now creating and learning a text map for Percy the Park Keeper's, One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth. We can't wait to see them perform the text map. 



Writing in Key Stage One

In Key Stage One, we are currently focusing on description and action. 


Year 1, are just beginning their learning on the story Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne. We will be looking at accurately using past tense verbs and interesting adverbs. 






 In Year 2, we have been learning the story of 'The Papaya that spoke'. We have been looking at using dialogue within our stories and also using alliteration and adverbs to make our writing more interesting.                                          

For more information about our writing curriculum, please see our writing policy.