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Talk 4 Writing 

Talk 4 Writing is a whole school program [K – Year 6] at Sutherland Dianella PS. 

Talk 4 Writing was developed by Pie Corbett and is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn. Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing. Through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing, children are supported to write in the same style. 


Tips to support writing at time  

Be a word ‘Magpie’ 

Encourage your child to notice, discuss and collect interesting words, phrases and ideas that other writers have used that they really like. They can use them in their own writing.  You might even start to write them in a notebook. 

Story retelling  

Once you have read a book with your child encourage them retell the story. You can use toys and puppets to act the story out. You can record your child retelling the story on an iPad. Another strategy is to draw the story or take photos of the book and your child can retell the story in their own words. This helps your child create stories, build their imagination and adds a variety of stories that they can use at school during writing lessons. 

5 sentence story 

Orally make up your own 5 sentence stories with your child.  

Start each part of a narrative with one of the following statements. 

Once upon a time / One sunny day / Late one stormy night 

One day 


Fortunately / Luckily 

In the end 



At Sutherland Dianella PSReading is an important part of the teaching and learning program. Students participate in Shared and Guided Reading programs and provide many opportunities for independent reading. Guided reading is an instructional practice where teachers work with a small group of students to read and make meaning from a range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  

We are committed to building a love of reading through reading to students, engaging literary activities and providing high quality literature for students in the classroom and library