Federation of Earlswood Schools

A Place to Learn Together

We offer Nursery Provision to Year 6



At Earlswood, we ignite a love for writing through the Talk for Writing approach. Throughout the Talk for Writing cycle, the children build and internalise a bank of stories that support them in developing their imagination, vocabulary, writing techniques and confidence. Talk for Writing fundamentally teaches children how to be writers - not just how to write. It supports children to be able to generate ideas, draw upon their reading and write confidently for a variety of audiences and purposes. 


The Talk for Writing approach follows a three-tier pattern; Imitation, Innovation and Independent Application. 



During the imitation stage, children get to know a text really well by orally learning it, exploring it through drama and then reading it to build a bank of vocabulary and useful writing tools to use in their own writing.



The Innovation stage is grounded in the processes of shared writing, with a strong and systematic focus on securing the basics of handwriting, phonics/spelling. The children are given the opportunity to be creative and apply their own ideas to the text type that is being taught. 


Independent Application

The final stage, Independent Application, promotes children to draft, edit and publish their own independent versions. Throughout the cycle, children recieve informative and motivational feedback in order to move them on developmentally, as well as motivationally as writers. 


Reading and Phonics

At Earlswood, we are extremely passionate about providing an enabling environment that encourages a love of reading. A strong ethos of reading is built throughout the early years through systematic teaching of phonics following the Little Wandle programme. Role play opportunities and independent learning stations are often linked to books and encourage children to build a bank of familiar stories to recall and use in their literacy. 


Reading lessons are centered around a carefully selected text which aims to challenge all pupils. Within the reading lessons the children are taught to retrieve, infer, predict, sequence and analyse key vocabulary in the text. These skills equip the children with the comprehension skills they need to enjoy stories and become lifelong readers. 


Throughout the Federation, we ensure that all children are exposed to a wealth of high-quality literature. Each year group has a reading spine which consists of key stories, picture books, poems and non-fiction which will be read and drawn upon and referred to when teaching writing.