Vcop Workshop for Big Writing

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Vcop Workshop for Big Writing

  1. 1. How can you help your child improve their writing using VCOP? KLASS November 2009
  2. 2. What is VCOP? <ul><li>Four easy steps to empower your child to improve their own writing. </li></ul><ul><li>V = ‘WOW’ Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>C = Cunning Connectives </li></ul><ul><li>O = Power openings </li></ul><ul><li>P = Powerful punctuation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why? <ul><li>Research shows that by using these 4 simple steps alongside our literacy curriculum we : </li></ul><ul><li>Empower children to know how to develop and up-mark their own work. </li></ul><ul><li>Give children the tools and understanding to know what their next steps will be. </li></ul>
  4. 4. WOW Vocabulary <ul><li>Words that develop and enhance your child’s writing i.e. </li></ul><ul><li>SHINY – sparkling, burnished, glimmering, glossy etc. </li></ul><ul><li>SMALL – minute, petite, miniscule, microscopic etc. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cunning Connectives <ul><li>Words that we use to link our ideas and sentences. </li></ul><ul><li>Key Stage differentiation </li></ul><ul><li>KS1 and, because, so, then, but, when, after </li></ul><ul><li>KS2 however, despite, furthermore, nevertheless, moreover </li></ul>
  6. 6. Openers <ul><li>Trying to encourage the children to start sentences in a variety of ways, not always with the subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Open your sentence with a connective </li></ul><ul><li>Open your sentence with a time word </li></ul><ul><li>Open your sentence with an adverb </li></ul><ul><li>Open your sentence with a verb (an –ing word) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Because it was a stormy day... One day… Happily, the little girl… Feeling tired, the boy… Openers
  8. 8. Punctuation: Punctuation pyramid – five levels of punctuation Children are encouraged to broaden their range / use of punctuation.
  9. 9. Punctuation: <ul><li>Examples of some strategies: </li></ul><ul><li>Work out which punctuation marks are missing </li></ul><ul><li>(Punctuation thief) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Act out’ the punctuation kinesthetically </li></ul><ul><li>- Kung Fu punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>- Draw punctuation marks on a partner’s back </li></ul>
  10. 12. Big Writing <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>20-40 minutes extended writing time </li></ul><ul><li>10 minute breaks within this to check for use of VCOP within the writing </li></ul><ul><li>Altered atmosphere: </li></ul><ul><li>- lighting (candle, dimmed artificial lights) </li></ul><ul><li>- music (Mozart) </li></ul><ul><li>- ‘golden silence’ </li></ul>
  11. 13. Big Writing
  12. 14. Your support at home is invaluable … <ul><li>Create opportunities for dialogue that involves your child. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay positive – not all children will master new skills immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>Use VCOP ideas and games at home in short, fun sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Websites: </li></ul><ul><li>bbc.co.uk/skillswise/games </li></ul><ul><li>coxhoe.durham.sch.uk </li></ul><ul><li>sparklebox.co.uk </li></ul>

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