Talk 4 Writing

Curriculum Intent – How we are developing our children to fulfill their potential as writers

Through our English curriculum, St George’s Catholic Voluntary Academy promotes high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong
command of the spoken and written language. Pupils are supported develop their love of writing through our Talk4Writing approach to writing. Our
curriculum for writing ensures that all pupils:
• read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
• write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
• use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
• are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

Policy Document for Writing

T4W Policy

Progression Document – Our Curriculum Content

Progression In Writing GEO

How do we assess writing in school?

We follow the model used by writing moderators, the ‘Teacher Assessment Framework’ (TAF). This was written for Y2 and Y6, but alongside a working party of schools around Derby and Derbyshire, we have developed TAFs for all other year groups to help guide teachers in their planning. Here’s a Y6 example…

Y6 WAG Grid

Why have we chosen the Talk for Writing approach to teaching writing?

Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong is powerful because it is based on the principles of how people learn (repetition, scaffolding and supporting cognitive load etc), which fits with the way that we, at St. George’s, have structured our curriculum.

The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.

Alongside a Talk for Writing consultant, we have developed and reshaped the principles of Talk for Writing, over the past three years, to better meet the needs of learners in our school.

For more information about what Talk for Writing is, please follow this link:


Have a wander around some of our T4W displays…