English - Talk for Writing

English at Bramingham
How many of these authors and books does your child love?
Here is Mrs Kerr telling the story of 'The Clashing Rocks'. This is how all of our model texts are taught. The children learn a new text off by heart, each half term.



Click on the document below to view some questions you can ask your child when reading together!




Below are some examples of story maps. They are a fantastic visual aid when children are learning to tell stories off by heart.



What is Talk for Writing? How can you help?


For the past two years, we have been one of a few schools in Luton taking part in the Primary Writing Project: Talk for Writing. It aims to motivate children as writers, developing classrooms and whole schools where everyone is passionate about writing and passionate about reading.


The project is based on the idea that a child cannot write a sentence, if they cannot say the sentence and they cannot say a sentence if they haven’t heard it. Therefore, the children will learn a bank of stories and texts off by heart before using the vocabulary and sentence structures they have rehearsed in their own writing.


You may know that all classes now enjoy a time each day when their teacher reads to them. Each year group has a selection of stories that we believe all children should hear during their time at primary school. You can view the text your child is currently listening to on our website! We have also purchased, with help from our Friends Association, a large selection of new reading books which will soon be available for children to take home and share with you.


It has been an exciting journey for Bramingham so far and we are really looking forward to seeing the positive impact. We believe it will impact on the children’s enjoyment and passion for reading and writing which will ultimately have an impact on their attainment. At home, you can a play a huge part in helping to promote this passion for reading and writing.


There are many ways you can help by:

  •  Listening to your child read regularly at home
  •  Questioning your child about the text they are reading
  •  Asking your child to recite or perform the story they are learning in school – can they remember the actions?
  • Watching videos of your child reciting the stories they have learnt
  • Reading texts from some of our recommended authors


I look forward to keeping you updated with our progress throughout the project and I thank you for your support.


Mrs Z Kerr

English Coordinator