Big Write

 

What is Big Writing?

Big Writing is a teaching approach to writing designed to rapidly and effectively raise the standards of writing through the ‘fast, fun and lively’ teaching of the ‘writing voice’. This approach to writing is highly effective from Reception to KS3.

Every third week children will take part in a Big Writing lesson with a particular focus. This session is a time for children to bring together the skills (VCOP) that they are learning. VCOP will be taught across the curriculum throughout the week.

How can I support my child with Big Writing?

  • Whenever your child is doing a task which involves writing, encourage them to use VCOP.

  • Use ‘WOW’ words with your child and explain what they mean if they do not know.

  • Play lots of different games that involve discussion and using language.

  • Give your child a ‘WOW’ word and ask them to put it into a sentence.

  • Encourage your child to write postcards on holiday, keep a diary, write ‘To do’ lists or the shopping list for you etc…

  • Talk about lots of different things with your child. Topical issues, anything funny that’s happened today, what you’re going to be doing at the weekend etc…

What is Talk Homework?

Big Writing is a teaching approach to writing designed to rapidly and effectively raise the standards of writing through the ‘fast, fun and lively’ teaching of the ‘writing voice’. This approach to writing is highly effective from Reception to KS3.

An important part of the Big Writing philosophy is the ‘importance of talk’. ‘If a child can say it, a child can write it’. Encouraging talk is key to unlocking a child’s writing voice. Talk is where the thought process for writing begins. By enriching a child’s vocabulary and understanding of how language works the better writers they can become. Talk Homework will be given the day before the Big Writing activity will take place. Children will be told what they are going to write about and will be asked to talk about this at home.

It is a chance for children to:

  • Think through and discuss initial ideas for their writing

  • Practise new words and language structures that they are learning.