BIG write - Mawnan C of E VA School

BIG write - Mawnan C of E VA School

BIG write If a child cant say it, they cant write it Mawnan School March 2011 Background It is a philosophy about writing which was originally devised by Ros Wilson. It is based on the premise that talk is essential to writing. If they cant say it, they cant write it! Provide children with the confidence to have a

go with a positive ethos for writing. Raising standards in writing through 4 generic targets. Encouragement to Talk about their writing. Find exciting words and use these in their writing. Borrow Borrow exciting words and phrases from other authors. WOW words. Have a go at using interesting examples of punctuation. Once a week in their classrooms, write for an extended period of time.

Re-read their own writing and find ways to make it better. Understand what they need to do next to improve. Use self assessment (2 s and a !) to develop awareness of their writing and targets. The Key Features VCOP Vocabulary Connectives Openers Punctuation

Every week the children concentrate on the 4 elements of Big Writing Victoria Visualiser and her Wow words! Victorias Super Powers Victoria has the power to help people really see how things look. She holds the secret of how characters and places really feel. Although, words for sights and sounds are her favourite weapons she knows the importance of taste, touch and smell

too. Victoria knows how to pick just the right nouns or verbs to give writing real power over a reader. She uses adjectives and adverbs to hypnotise people in to really seeing and feeling a piece of writing. Captain Connective The Captains Super Powers. The Captain holds the team together and without him writing can be repetitive and boring holding no power over the reader

at all. His greatest power is to link ideas together providing a net to catch any reader. The Incredible Opener! The Incredible Openers Super Powers. The Incredible Opener is a master of disguise. Sometimes, he jumps up and tells the reader when something is happening. Suddenly, he is adverb. Although, can be a link between ideas just like Captain Connective. Alternatively, he can express an opposite idea. On dark, windy nights, when even the

wolves stay in their dens, he can be a whole phrase! He may seem like a bit of a Joker, but dont be fooled he helps add structure. Its his job to hook the reader in and keep him reading. Dr. Punctuation Dr Punctuations Super Powers The Doctors basic weapon

is the power to stop and start a sentence. If capital letters and full stops are missing, or in the wrong place writing is weak. It will not have the power to grab a reader. His control over the reader is reinforced by the use of commas to separate ideas. They work well when combined with connectives and openers.

He reveals what characters actually say with speech marks. Does he ask questions? Of course, thats a great weapon for hooking a reader. He does not use his best weapons too often or their effects weaken. But, wow! An exclamation mark makes a reader think. An ellipsis makes a reader wonder Kung Fu Punctuation! Working towards white White (. A) Yellow

(. A , ) Orange (A . , ? ! ) Purple (A . , ? ! ) Blue (A . , ? ! () ) Green (A . , ? ! () ) Brown (A . , ? ! () :) Black (A . , ?! () : ;)

Capital Letter: hands above heads, palms together, silently. Full stop: throw a short, righthanded punch at the air in front of you. Make the noise, Ha! Comma: with your right arm bent so that your hand is in front of your face, make a short twisting motion at the wrist to signify the comma shape. Make the noise, Shi!

Impact on lessons VCOP will be built into daily lessons: - Use as a starter/ warm up activity - Prompts for writing - As a plenary - Levelling Up work as a class using VCOP EXAMPLE TIME!!!! The Learning Environment Working Wall display boards clearly showing VCOP. VCOP triangles on learning mats Examples of recent work that has effectively used VCOP.

The wall will not be a perfect and finished looking masterpiece! It should be a work in progress. How it works Big Writing will take place once a week. The whole school do Big Writing at the same time (there may be a few occasions when it is not possible due to excursions!). The children write in a special Big Writing book which has their targets in the front. When the children have written their work they will complete a self-assessment before their teacher marks it.

The marking will ensure that each child in school will know what they need to do to improve and reach the next level. Extended writing opportunities with Big Writing Reception talk about their writing and start putting down words in the Summer term. Year 1 write for 20 minutes. Year 2 write for between 20 30 minutes. Year 3 write for 30 minutes. Year 4 write for 30 minutes. Year 5 write for 30 40 minutes.

Year 6 write for 40 minutes. The Methodon the day of the BIG write Focus & text type will have been introduced the day before in class and as Talking Homework with parents. First 30 minutes of fast, fun, lively oral activities linked to whats expected in their writing.

Followed by 10 minutes of planning time Planning time used to refocus the pupils thoughts on the stimulus & text type for writing. BRAIN BREAK TIME Second 20 - 45 minutes is for writing To finishChildren are to read what they have written and complete self

assessment marking ladder before handing their work in to the teacher for marking. 2 s and a ! How can you help as a parent? Talking Homework Each class will be set a talking homework the night before the Big Writing task each week.

The concept is that they talk about what they might write and share ideas as a family. They DO NOT write a draft or even notes at this stage. They will be given planning time in class the following day. Other ways to provide support at home: Encourage your children to READ. Encourage your children to TALK. Encourage your children to spot WOW words and perhaps write them down in a book at home or on a piece of paper. Encourage your children to borrow words or phrases which they like from books, magazines, television programmes. Encourage your children to WRITE ASK your child what target they have to improve their writing this


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