Curriculum

Big Writing

What do we need to remember …. V.C.O.P!

What is ‘Big Writing’?

Ros Wilson is the creator of the ‘Big Writing’ concept. She developed a way of teaching writing to children which focuses on four main aspects of writing – Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (VCOP). Through weekly writing sessions (known as ‘Big Writing’), children will develop their skills in these areas, as well as learning about and revising several different writing genres, therefore improving their overall writing ability.

The Four Elements of Big Writing

Vocabulary

Every class has a ‘Wow Words’ board where new and impressive words that the children have used and have found in good quality texts, are shared with everyone.

The children are encouraged to use these words where appropriate in their writing.

Connectives

Every class displays examples of powerful connectives (joining words). The children are encouraged to use these in their writing to join sentences and paragraphs, therefore improving the organisation of their writing.

Openers

Every class displays and discusses good sentence ‘openers’ (sentence starters) that the children can use in their writing to make their sentences and overall texts more interesting. We teach ways of improving a basic sentence by changing how it begins e.g. ‘She opened the door’ to a better sentence, ‘Cautiously, she opened the door.’

Punctuation

Every class has a ‘Punctuation Pyramid’ displayed, showing the levels of punctuation. Children are taught the names of the higher level punctuation from Year One onwards and learn to use them in their writing. The levels of punctuation are National Curriculum levels which children are assessed against, ranging from full stops (Level 1) to using colons and semi-colons (Level 5).