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Writing at Moseley

At Moseley Primary School, we use the Talk 4 Writing approach to teaching Writing.  We believe that talking about what you write is the initial step in producing excellent writing.


‘The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully’ Pie Corbett


In accordance with the National Curriculum, we have also identified Key Progress Indicators (KPIs) for each year group.  Theses outline the most crucial elements of writing that children should achieve within a year.


Please find below the KPIs for each year group.  These are also displayed in your child’s classroom and are used as part of the assessment that takes place in school.  This contributes to the attainment that is reported to parents at Parents Evenings and in the final report.  

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Reading Spine for Whole School

This table shows ten books per year group that are to be read during the year for pleasure, and not as part of English lessons.  We love reading.






Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

A book from a different culture

Elmer by David McKee

My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone

Emma Jane’s Aeroplane by Katie Haworth and Daniel Rieley

We’re Riding on a Caravan: An Adventure on the Silk Road by Laurie Krebs

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

African Tales: A Barefoot Collection by Gcina Mhlophe

Running Wild by Michael  Morpurgo

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf

The Boy Who Biked the World by Alistair Humphrey

A book with a female protagonist

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

The Mega Magic Hair Swap by Rochelle Humes

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch

Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy

Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights by Malala Yousafzai

A classic



Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

Paddington: The original story of the bear from Darkest Peru by Michael Bond


The Ugly Ducking by  Hans Christian Anderson

Stuart Little by EB White

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Danny the Champion of the World  by Roald Dahl

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

A picture book


A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown

Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

All Join In by Quentin Blake

Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd

Baker Cat by Posy Simmonds

The Tin Forest by Helen Ward

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde


The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Tunnel by Anthony Browne

An award-winner


Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

The Fish Who Could Wish by Jon  Bush and Korky Paul

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka


The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith

The Land of Never Endings by Kate Saunders

Who Let the Gods Out? By Maz Evans

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie

A book that links with a topic

Pants by Giles Andreae and

Nick Sharratt

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Secrets According to Humphrey by Betty G Birney

Road to London by Barbara Mitchelhill

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll


Three Little Pigs

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

You Wait Till I’m Older Than You by Michael Rosen

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville

Just Jack by Kate Scott


Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton

Where’s My Teddy? By Jez Alborough

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

Suddenly by Colin McNaughton

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Aesop’s Fables

Crazy Classrooms by Paul Cookson

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl


The Smartest Giant in Town  by Julia Donaldson

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl

Bears on the Stairs by Julia Jarman and Lynne Chapman

Not Now, Bernard by David McKee

The Great Dog Bottom Swap by Peter Bently

Magical Myths and Legends by Michael Morpurgo

Journey by Aaron Becker

Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Holes by Louis Sachar


The Snuggle Sandwich by

Malachy Doyle

Gary’s Banana Drama by Jane Massey

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley

Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets by Jeanne Willis

The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pulman

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

Year 4 - Macbeth (Shakespeare week)

Year 2 - Trip to Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust on 15.03.2019 (Shakespeare week)

Year 4 - Goldilocks

Year 4 were learning about character flaws as part of their English work.  We began this unit of work by acting out a court case.  Goldilocks was on trial for bad manners.  We had to decide whether Goldilocks was guilty of bad manners or in fact whether she tried to apologise to the three bears.  On this occasion, our jury found Goldilocks NOT GUILTY of bad manners.   

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