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Schoolsworks is a multi-academy trust in West Sussex. Our aim is to create small hubs of schools which work closely together to collaborate, share best practice and improve outcomes for children.


River Beach

Talk for Writing

One approach to writing we use at River Beach Primary school is Talk for Writing. We want all our children to develop into thoughtful readers and creative writers and it is through the Talk for Writing approach that we believe we can achieve this. 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.

Talk for writing was developed by the author Pie Corbett. It is a fun, creative yet rigorous approach to developing writing. 

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 a rich an extensive vocabulary for their own writing. 

During the initial ‘imitation’ stage of Talk for Writing children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a story with expression and actions and use a story map to support their retelling of the story. 

Once the story is learnt the children are encouraged to adapt it, this is the ‘innovation’ stage where they make the story their own, for example changing the setting or character. The final stage is the ‘invention’, this is where the children write their own text independently.