Writing Intent

It is our vision that every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities. We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing. We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.

Writing Implementation

Talk 4 for Writing 

At Rosherville we teach writing by following  Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ approach.  Our aim is to empower children as readers and writers, to inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning by choosing high quality children’s literature.

At Rosherville, Talk for Writing begins in Reception and continues right through to Year 6. Children gradually build up a bank of stories and non-fiction text types so that over time they can tell (and write) imaginative and exciting stories and confidently instruct, argue, discuss, explain, inform and persuade. Children build up an internal bank of language that they can use to create their own versions of stories and texts.

Talk for Writing lessons at Rosherville are lively, multi-sensory and inclusive for all. Everyone joins in and can succeed. The first stage (imitation) is to learn stories and texts really well. We do this by mapping them out using pictures and symbols. We use drama, music and ICT to bring the stories and texts to life. They can then be developed through innovation (changing characters, altering the setting, adding in extra events or changing the ending). Through imitation and innovation the children are then able to invent their own stories or versions.

As teachers we love Talk for Writing because we have seen the difference it can make to children’s learning – it gives them the confidence and ability to write knowledgeably for a range of different purposes.

Writing Impact

High quality modelling of the writing process leads the children to develop a critical appreciation of the way in which writing can be used to communicate in a variety of ways. Children use their writing skills across the curriculum and successfully adapt their writing to suit the purpose. Through collaborative approaches children are able to edit and improve their work using key success criteria to support the process. A significant emphasis on developing vocabulary acquisition and understanding ensures that children use words clarity, effect and precision .



We firmly believe that good spelling is an essential skill that allows the children to communicate their understanding in all curriculum subjects. In order for pupils to develop into effective and confident writers they need to develop and use a range of effective spelling strategies. By providing the children with a range of strategies we equip them with the independence to attempt spellings before asking for adult help.

We particularly want the children to develop a love of language and the confidence to spell more challenging and ambitious words. In allowing them opportunities to develop a rich and exciting vocabulary, we are enabling them to become effective communicators. To support our spelling teaching we use Spelling Shed, where the children can practice their spellings on their devices at home through a range of fun and interactive games. If you would like to see which spelling patterns your child will be learning then please download the overview document below.

Writing Downloads

Whole School Writing Genre Coverage


Whole School Writing Progression


Year 1 Writing Expectations


Year 2 Writing Expectations


Year 3 Writing Expectations


Year 4 Writing Expectations


Year 5 Writing Expectations


Year 6 Writing Expectations


Top Tips For Writing At Home


Whole School Spelling Progression


Useful Websites 

Practice spelling those tricky words with Sir Link Alot


Practice the spellings that you are learning in class with Spelling Shed