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Big Writing. Mrs MacLean and Miss Bradbury. What is Big writing?. A framework to children’s writing Adds structure Enhances and improves writing Previous schools have reported dramatic improvement in children ‘s writing after adopting Ros Wilson’s Big Writing

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Big writing

Big Writing

Mrs MacLean and Miss Bradbury


What is big writing
What is Big writing?

  • A framework to children’s writing

    • Adds structure

    • Enhances and improves writing

      • Previous schools have reported dramatic improvement in children ‘s writing after adopting Ros Wilson’s Big Writing

  • Grammar cluster schools all use this approach to writing

    • Leads to consistency

    • All use the Ros Wilson marking criteria grid for writing assessment greater consistency.


Big writing lesson plan
Big writing lesson plan

  • Complete focus on writing

    • No reading or other language tasks undertaken during Big Writing

  • 20 minutes of Big Writing games and background of writing task

    • This helps children to focus on the aspect of writing you are looking for

  • 10 minutes planning and discussing what children are going to write about

    • Given targets based on VCOP checklist so children are aware of what it is that the teacher is looking for

  • 30 minutes of writing

    • After 10 minutes of writing, 5 minute regroup reading some of the children’s writing to maybe help others who are struggling to begin their writing.


Big writing lesson plan contd
Big writing lesson plan contd

  • P2 are planning to introduce to soft, background music to help children know when it is time to focus on writing.


What is vcop
What is vcop?

  • Big writing is based on VCOP

  • Vocabulary

    • Encouraging children to use ‘WOW’ words to enhance their writing e.g. huge instead of big amazing instead of nice

    • Introducing adjectives to make writing more interesting e.g. The girl had a small, brown dog. The girl had a dog.

    • Children encouraged to use words they have seen in other books, heard people use or any other source.


What is vcop1
What is vcop?

  • Connectives

    • Using a word to join two shorter sentences to make a longer, more interesting sentence e.g.

      • The boy went to the shops. He wanted an ice-cream.

      • The boy went to the shops because he wanted an ice-cream.

    • In P2 children are introduced to using ‘and’, ‘then’, ‘because’ and ‘so’. As they progress through the school they are encouraged to use more sophisticated connectives.


What is vcop2
What is vcop?

  • Openers

    • Children are encouraged to use different ways to start a sentence.

      • Think about who, when, why, how

      • Who e.g. The boy crossed the road

      • When e.g. Yesterday the boy crossed the road

      • Why e.g. To get to the shops the boy had to cross the road.

      • How e.g. Quickly the boy crossed the road.

    • As part of VCOP checklist children maybe given a list of openers to include in their writing,


What is vcop3
What is vcop?

  • Punctuation

    • In P2 much of the focus is still on capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and towards the end of the year introducing question marks.

    • In P3 speech marks, exclamation marks and commas (used in a list) are introduced.

    • When reading to children point out different punctuation as this encourages them to experiment with the punctuation in their own writing.



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