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Big Writing

Spring Term 2019 Big Talk Topics




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 year 6.


Every Friday the 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. Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation will be taught across the curriculum throughout the week.




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. 'Class Talk' homework will be given the day before the Big Writing activity will take place. In addition, the whole school will have a weekly 'Big Talk' topic to be discussed at home as well as at school. 


We will keep you updated on the progress and impact of Big Writing throughout each term.  For further information on this initiative please follow this link:


The Writing Wall of Fame celebrates the best of the weeks writing.

The Writing Wall of Fame celebrates the best of the weeks writing. 1

Big Writing Examples

Big Writing Examples 1

Ros Wilson - Ros Wilson Discusses Big Writing

Ros Wilson talks about writing voice and explains the meaning of VCOP, which is at the heart of Big Writing. Ros Wilson is an Education Consultant for Andrell Education Ltd. Oxford School Improvement from Oxford University Press is a hub of independent expert ideas and professional development videos designed to support your school improvement objectives.

Here are some pictures of Class 2 warming up for some Big Writing!

Class 4 hard at work with their Big Writing!

Class 4 also made some videos to explain Big Writing!

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