Big Writing is a teaching method which is designed to improve children’s writing. A key principle on which this approach is based is :
‘If a child can’t say it, a child can’t write it’
Big Writing focuses on five key aspects.
- The use of VCOP. (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)
- Securing the basic skills. (Grammar, Handwriting, Spelling and Sentence structure.)
- A ‘Big Writing’ session every week to practice extended writing.
- Weekly assessment of writing progress with an opportunity for children to respond to feedback and ‘uplevel’ their work.
- A focus on developing the ‘writer’s voice’ enabling children to be able to speak like a writer and consequently write effectively.
Both VCOP and the basic skills are taught every day through a range of lively, engaging activities.
Big Writing sessions are the highlight of the week. The children are introduced to the ‘Big Write’ through discussion, games and a chance to plan their writing. This is followed by a special writing session. Calming music, soft lighting and special pens and paper help to stimulate the children as writers.