Big Talk and Big Write:
We work on the Big Write premise that ‘if a child can say it, they can write it’.
In all classes from year R – 2, children take part in ‘Big Talk’ activities. These are fun speaking and listening lessons, where children are encouraged to talk about their ideas, re-enact stories, and work in groups to discuss topics. This encourages good development of speaking and listening skills throughout Reception and KS1. When children are ready to begin writing in a more formal sense in KS1, these sessions will guide children towards developing their ideas for writing.
Big Talk Homework
In year 2 on a Friday, Big Talk homework is sent home. This will help children prepare for the Big Write (a writing activity which takes place on Fridays).
Children will be asked to talk with family members about a wide range of topics over the course of a term.
Big Talk gives children ideas to make their writing interesting.
Every Friday in year 2 children have a ‘Big Write’ lesson. We listen to calming music, and have special Big Write pens and paper to create a special writing atmosphere. Children then write independently, using all the skills they have been taught during the week in Big Talk and VCOP lessons.
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)
In year 2 children have weekly lessons on VCOP, focusing on a different element in each lesson.
V is 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.
C is for Connective
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 is for Opener
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 Friday, 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 is for Punctuation
We encourage the children to use correct punctuation at all times, no matter what subject they are writing for. We introduce the use of capital letters and full stops in years R and 1 and develop the use of other punctuation as children’s writing develops, such as:
? ! , “ ” …