Across all of the Forest Federation schools, English is taught following the Talk4Writing approach.
Talk4Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.
The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
Schools underpin their English work by establishing a core reading spine of quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction that all children experience and draw upon. Imaginative units of work are developed to create a whole-school plan that is refined over the years, is well-resourced and documented to release teachers from planning and preparation so that they can focus on adapting their teaching for children’s learning. The approach moves through different phases as outlined below.
For more information about this innovative approach, click here to visit the Talk4Writing website.
What Talk4Writing looks like at The Forest Federation
Below you will find information in regards to our approach to writing taken from our parent information evening.
Thank you to those who attended the evening, we had some lovely feedback which you can read below.
“Understanding how the ‘system’ fits together with the day-to-day writing has been really helpful, thank you.”
”Really useful to understand the context of what the children come home and talk about, and more importantly, what we as parents can do to support them at home. Thank you. “
“Very impressive learning process. Well explained and presented. Looking forward to see results.”
”Very informative and helpful talk on how the children’s are taught. Really glad we can amend and are so pleased with the children’s being taught this way. Thank you”
You can also find some resources linked to suggested reading material for each year group.