GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Our Schools

Banbury Region

Banstead Region

Berkshire & Hampshire Region

Caterham Region

Crawley Region

Didcot Region

Epsom Region

London Boroughs

Redhill Region

Sunbury & Camberley Region

Welcome to the Writing Zone 

What does Writing at The Vale look like? 

Writing is a key aspect of learning at The Vale. It is used across the curriculum for children to communicate their knowledge and understanding.  

As a school, we have adopted The Talk for Writing  approach which focuses on developing a deep understanding of different texts; looking at vocabulary, language features and the structure of the text.  

Through the teaching of writing children will: 

  • Build upon key skills across the year and year groups. 

  • Acquire a wide vocabulary. 

  • Develop an understanding of grammar. 

  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently. 

  • Apply their learning across all subjects in the curriculum. 



Below are further details about the Talk for Writing approach.  

What is Talk for Writing? 

Talk for Writing is a whole school approach to develop children as readers, writers, speakers and listeners.  

There are three phases in Talk for Writing: 

  • Imitation 

  • Innovation 

  • Independent application 


The first phase is imitation which involves learning the model text orally by rehearsing the story with actions and drawing a story map to help memorise it. Once the children have learnt the text then time is spent looking at the vocabulary and understanding the text. Then the children look at the underlying structure of the text and look at key language features in the text. 


In this phase the model text is used as a basis for the children to write their own version. The class will be involved in shared writing of a new class version and independent or guided writing of their own version of the story. At the beginning of each lesson time is spent reviewing the writing from the day before and editing it. 


Independent application 

In the final stage of the process, the children move towards becoming more independent. After a range of activities to support improvement in the writing the children have the opportunity to plan a new version of the original text which allows them to show what they have learnt over the unit. 

How can I help my child with writing? 

  • Talk to your child about their learning. 

  • Discuss language all around. 

  • Encourage your child to write for different purposes at home. For example: thank you letters, cards, recounts of trips, postcards 

Useful resources: 

Please find below websites and resources which support writing at home. 


Creative writing - KS2 English - BBC Bitesize 

This link has tips and advice on writing for Junior children. 


Creative writing | Oxford Owl 

This site has lots of ideas to support children with story writing. 


Developing Writing and Spelling at Home | Reading Rockets 

This link has a range of suggestions of writing activities. 

Writing Progression