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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: The Iron Man

"I like that you can see the improvements in my writing very clearly. In my baseline, I used subheadings and there is not much detail.  However, in my final draft you can see that I have more to write about because I know more so it is longer and better quality." Hallie

Persusive Writing: Save National Treasures

"You can see in my final draft that I'm using paragraphs now and my paragraphs are starting with topic sentences.  I have also included some of the facts and statistics that I found out in my writing too to make it more persuasive." Terri

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...