Whole School English Long Term Plan
Year 1 English
Year 2 English
Year 3 English
Year 4 English




We aim to enable our children to:

  • Enjoy quality experiences that will enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding

  • Be enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction

  • Become lifelong learners as readers and writers through Talk for Writing.

  • Explore global issues through writing (for example, persuasive writing and spoken language)  

  • Write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct

  • Write a range of text types (fiction and non-fiction) and in a range of genres and be able to write in a variety of styles and form appropriate to the situation

  • Increase their ability to use planning and drafting to improve their work

Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Throughout the school, we place a strong emphasis on children reading stories and enjoying a range of literature. Through regular reading, we want children to build up an extensive and rich vocabulary for use in their own writing.

During the initial 'imitation' stage of Talk for Writing, children learn to tell a story off by heart. They retell a text with expression and actions and make use of a story map to support their retelling. Once the story is learnt, children are encouraged to adapt it. At the 'innovation' stage, children make the story their own, for example, by changing the character or setting.

Finally, at the 'invention stage, children write their own text independently.

Feedback from our parents on Talk 4 Writing:


Loved the story map and my son using it to tell me the 3 bear’s story.

Both _ and _ (yr3) enjoy ‘talk for writing’ and regularly retell the stories they’ve been learning at school, with all the actions.

Fantastic that even in nursery the children have been introduced to story maps for retelling stories.

Writing has clearly been a focus within the nursery classroom and our daughter loves to show and share her new skills.

It has been lovely hearing my son recite his Goldilocks story. We love talk for writing.

We experienced talk for writing when our daughter came home to recite Goldilocks and the three bears with expression in full!


_ loved acting out the “Little Red Hen” story and would tell anyone who would listen to him. There has been so many exciting activities he has loved, as parents it is so lovely to hear _ talking so enthusiastically about school.

My child really enjoyed talk 4 writing and comes home able to tell us the whole story she has learned and draw her own pictures

Year 1

_ has obviously been very inspired by Talk 4 writing as one writes reams at home. We love the different topics and all the extra-curricular activities linked to these.

I could see clear progress in my daughter’s books. Looks like talk 4 writing is working well. My daughter also loves the ‘science’ themed weeks and various other theme days in school.

It was lovely to both hear and see the evidence from talk4 writing. _ recited his stories even without his story maps. The writing was fabulous too. His little brother in nursery also shared his Goldilocks sorry.

Talk for writing is a great tool to encourage extended language and vocabulary. This is also a fun way of learning.

Year 2

_ writing skills and vocabulary has developed really well in year 2.

I have noticed a huge progression in my son’s hand writing and reading.

My child has come along very well with his writing, even writing at home of his own free will. We get a lot of feedback about the interesting topics being covered.

Year 3

Writing projects have been varied and tapped into children’s imagination. Topics have been           to research at home.

_ loves telling us about ‘talk 4 writing’ she has been doing in school, and is just as enthusiastic about the rest of the curriculum

My child has been inspired by’talk4writing’ approach – much more sharing and discussion about writing has made significant progress since being in Miss Flitcroft’s class. He feels happy and inspired.

_ found talk 4 writing very helpful for him, because it is stuck in his head ready for the hot write.

Year 4

My child’s writing has improved immensely this academic year thanks to the new approach.

My child’s writing has really developed this year. Her confidence has also developed throughout the year.

My child has really enjoyed the talk for writing approach. He has certainly benefitted from the way this breaks down a story into sections and from learning how to plan his work. It has given him more confidence in his work.

The work on writing has been noticeable as my child certainly improved in this area and enjoys creative writing.

My son enjoyed this approach and wrote an Egyptian story following this process. He found it really helpful and was happy with his work.

_ has enjoyed the writing in year 4 I can see he has made lots of progress.