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Welcome to St Nicholas VC Primary School

“ Love your neighbour as yourself. “ (Matthew 22:37–39)

St. Nicholas Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment.

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Our English Curriculum - Writing

English Writing Intent, Implementation and Impact

Talk 4 Writing - the story making approach


At St. Nicholas we use Pie Corbett's story making approach (Talk4Writing) to support children in developing excellent writing skills.  We believe that this approach not only engages and inspires children to want to write but also scaffolds their learning to enable them to apply new learning in their independent writing.  By learning stories and texts orally, the desired language features and vocabulary can become more easily embedded in the children's memory. 

An important part of this approach includes learning actions to support specific areas of the curriculum - this ensures that teaching caters for a variety of different learning styles including those children who learn kinesthetically.  The story making approach combines this with the visual and auditory experience thus ensuring a multi-sensory approach to learning.

As children move up through the school, they will develop a bank of stories, vocabulary and language features to build on.  This means that no child is left wondering what to write as they have a store of ideas and can concentrate on developing their writing skills which are so important across the curriculum.

We encourage children to share their stories at home and find as many opportunities as possible for them to share their story making with you so that you can see for yourself how well it works!