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Talk for Writing

At Oakwood Primary Academy, our current approach to writing is based on Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett. This supports the National Curriculum programmes of study for writing at Key Stages 1 and 2.

This composes of 2 main strands:
  • Transcription (spelling and handwriting).
  • Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). 

The Talk for Writing approach is effective because it is based on the principles of how children learn. It is powerful because 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. If you would like to find out more please click on the link below.



At Oakwood we have introduced a cursive style to teach handwriting which helps to develop a fluent style of handwriting.

The National Curriculum 2014 for English states that:

“Joined handwriting should be the norm; pupils should be able to use it fast enough to keep pace with what they want to say.”

Pen Licence

What is a Pen Licence?

Children can work towards earning a Pen Licence when they can write in a fluent and cursive joined handwriting style. The Pen Licence is awarded by the Head of School in a celebration assembly.

Children must be able to:
  • Join correctly using the cursive style taught.
  • Keep letters a consistent size.
  • Ensure that all ascenders and descenders are correct.
  • Remember to join handwriting consistently over a period of time and not just in one piece of work.
Please see the Handwriting Expectations from the National Curriculum in the documents below for further information and guidance. If you have any questions about handwriting please don’t hesitate to talk with your child’s class teacher.