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Developing skilled, independent writers is at the core of our writing process.  


The first lesson of each topic is a writing baseline and the final lessons involve the pupils completing and editing their own independent writing pieces. This enables us (and the children) to review the progress made by comparing these writing pieces. 


From Baseline to Final Independent Writing Piece

Narrative: 'Beowulf' Story

Independent Narrative Baseline
Independent Narrative Final Write

"Even though my writing has improved a lot since Year 4, it is important to have a 'Non Excidet' mindset and always try to improve your writing. Here, you can see that my second piece has a lot more detail, multi-clause sentences that start in different ways and my vocabulary has improved too. Reading Michael Morpurgo's version of 'Beowulf' assisted this as I stole some of the ambitious words that he uses e.g. 'perilous' and 'fiend'. Looking back at my baseline really helps me to see how much progress I have made in such a short amount of time." Kaliah

Persuasive Writing: 'Julius Caesar' Speech

Independent Persuasive Speech Baseline
Independent Persuasive Speech Final Write
"My favourite topic this year was when we studied Julius Caesar and learnt about William Shakespeare. When we wrote our persuasive speech in the shoes of Brutus, I liked learning how to use extended animal metaphors – in my speech I even used some quotes from the play too. I’m really proud of this piece of work; it’s definitely my best piece from this year so far!" Lizzie

Recount Writing: Diary Entry – 'Small Things' Wordless Picture Book Inferences

Independent Diary Entry Baseline
Independent Diary Entry Final Write
"My diary entry shows lots of progress because not only has my handwriting improved, but I now know how to use informal techniques in my writing, which I did not use before. We can do this on purpose to show how the character might be feeling - especially in a diary entry. I really enjoyed this topic because you could be as creative and imaginative as you liked due to the fact that it based on a completely wordless picture book. Therefore, making use of my own inferences was key." Dominic

Independent Writing at Home


Competitions offer the chance for pupils to apply their writing skills independently beyond the classroom. From BBC's 500 words stories to Young Writers Competitions; national writing contests with the University of Liverpool to writing newspaper articles for Tim Quinn...

Take a look at some of our entries below... 

Liverpool of the Future Competition: Caitlin
Liverpool of the Future Competition: Niamh