‘Big Write’ at Handford Hall
Every week, all of the children from Year 1 to Year 6 take part in Big Write. We play games and do fun activities to help us improve our writing in the first session and then put these skills into practice during the second session. We have fun with 'wow' words and mysterious characters to help us with our VCOP and then we listen to calming music, and have candles and lava lamps to create a perfect writing atmosphere.
WHAT IS VCOP AND HOW CAN IT HELP US TO WRITE BETTER……..
This stands for Vocabulary. We always try to impress by using 'wow' words in our writing. We can 'steal' 'wow' words from books, the television or even each other. The thesaurus is also a useful tool.
C is for Connectives. We use connectives to extend our sentences- they are like 'joining' words. The better the connective, the better the sentence.
and, but, because, so, then, however, meanwhile ………………
O stands for Openers. Great writers think carefully about how to open a sentence in an interesting way. We can use who, when, where and how openers.
WHO- The children were doing ‘Big Write’.
WHEN- On Thursday, the children were doing ‘Big Write’.
WHERE- In the classroom, the children were doing ‘Big Write’.
HOW- Quietly, the children were doing ‘Big Write’.
P stands for Punctuation. Every sentence that we write needs to be punctuated. We use the punctuation pyramid to help us remember the punctuation that we can include to impress.
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