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At St Edward's Catholic Primary School, we use:

In every year group, the teaching of explicit grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives are taught within the English, Handwriting and Spelling lesson to ensure that these skills are embedded in the children's writing.  The assessment of writing has been produced in line with the Key Stage Assessment Frameworks (published by the Department of Education) to provide the teachers with the necessary guidance to make robust and secure judgements.  At St Edward's Catholic Primary School, we follow the Talk4Writing approach which allows the writing to be taught and linked to a high quality text which exposes the children to inference, rich vocabulary, a range of punctuation and characterisation. Each text is carefully selected by the teacher to promote a love of reading, engagement and high quality writing from each child. From EYFS through to Year 6, the children follow the same sequence structure, through each writing genre, that ensures writing is in full flow throughout every lesson.


What is Talk4Writing?

Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett and supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.


EYFS Writing Genres:

  • Instruction
  • Recount - Letter, Journal Entry & Postcard
  • Poetry - Role Play & Alphabet
  • Non-Chronological Report
  • Narrative - Traditional Tale & Adventure Tale


Key Stage 1 Writing Genres:

  • Instruction
  • Recount - Diary Entry, Journal Entry, Postcard (Y1) & Newspaper Article (Y2)
  • Poetry -  Performance, List (Y1), Observational (Y1) & Kennings (Y2)
  • Non-Chronological Report
  • Persuasive - Letter (Y2) & Argument (Y2)
  • Narrative - Adventure Tale & Meeting Tale


Key Stage 2 Writing Genres:

  • Recount - Diary Entry, Newspaper Article & Journal Entry
  • Poetry - 

Year 3: Acrostic & Rhyming

Year 4: Free Verse & Narrative

Year 5: Modern Free Verse & Acrostic

Year 6: Narrative & Modern Free Verse

  • Non-Chronological Report
  • Persuasive - Letter & Argument
  • Narrative -

Year 3: Portal Tale & Adventure Tale

Year 4: Suspense Tale & Warning Tale

Year 5: Adventure Tale & Portal Tale

Year 6: Suspense Tale & Warning Tale

  • Discursive (Year 5 & 6 only) - Balanced Argument
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Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address Barham Court, Teston, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edward's Catholic Primary School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.