Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Northfield Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 2HL


01709 543704

Writing at Wickersley Northfield Primary


At Wickersley Northfield Primary School, we aim to provide pupils with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners who enjoy writing. We strive to create learners who can confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and creativity through a range of text types. We want our pupils to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts with real purposes and audiences at the heart of everything they write. We believe that all good writers require independence and so we teach our pupils how to successfully plan, revise and evaluate their own writing. As a result, children in our school are able to confidently identify their own areas for improvement in all pieces of writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process to create excellent and interesting pieces throughout. We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a neat, joined, handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school.


As a school, we use The IPEELL Strategy to support our teaching of writing.

IPEELL is...

  • A six-stage structured approach to teaching writing based on real experiences
  • A strategy that uses memorable experiences, positive attitudes and self-Regulated Strategy Development to improve pupils' writing
  • A class-based approach that can work for all children of all abilities
  • Based on common frameworks and mnemonics to aid organisation

IPEELL provides...

  • A focus for writing and a structure to help organise pupils' writing
  • A method for pupils to evaluate their own work and set goals for improvement
  • A structure to develop positive attitudes towards writing

Most importantly, IPEELL involves pupils taking ownership of the writing process through self-motivation, self-evaluation and setting goals for improvement

Through effective teacher modelling/scaffolding and the application of spelling, grammar and punctuation rules, the children at Wickersley Northfield Primary will explore a range of text types throughout their Literacy journey. We aim to create exciting writing opportunities using real audiences and purposes throughout.


Mnemonic poster - IPEELL.pdf

Mnemonic poster - PAT.pdf

Essential Characteristics of Writing

At Wickersley Northfield Primary School, we aim to develop the following essential characteristics in writing:

  • The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
  • A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
  • A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
  • Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
  • Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
  • A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment value.

Breadth of Study: National Curriculum for Writing:

Key Stage 1:


  • Write stories set in places pupils have been.
  • Write stories with imaginary settings.
  • Write stories and plays that use the language of fairy tales and traditional tales.
  • Write stories that mimic significant authors.
  • Write narrative diaries


  • Write labels.
  • Write lists.
  • Write captions.
  • Write instructions.
  • Write recounts.
  • Write glossaries.
  • Present information.
  • Write non-chronological reports.


  • Write poems that use pattern, rhyme and description.
  • Write nonsense and humorous poems and limericks.

Threshold Concepts for Writing:

Composition - Write with purpose; Use imaginative description; Organise writing appropriately; Use paragraphs and sentences appropriately

Transcription - Present neatly, spell correctly and punctuate accurately

Analysis and Presentation - Analyse and present writing

Breadth of Study: National Curriculum for Writing:

Key Stage 2:


  • Write stories set in places pupils have been.
  • Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events.
  • Write stories of adventure.
  • Write stories of mystery and suspense.
  • Write letters.
  • Write plays.
  • Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.


  • Write instructions.
  • Write recounts.
  • Write persuasively.
  • Write explanations.
  • Write non-chronological reports.
  • Write biographies.
  • Write in a journalistic style.
  • Write arguments.
  • Write formally.


  • Learn by heart and perform a significant poem
  • Write haiku.
  • Write cinquain.
  • Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and metaphor).