What is Big Writing?
At St John’s Lutheran Primary School, we are committed to continuing to raise standards in Literacy for all our children. In addition to the four Literacy skills practised daily – speaking, listening, reading and writing – each class now has a fortnightly Big Writing session. This is the culmination of the skills taught as the four main aspects of writing: Vocabulary, Connectives (joining words or phrases), Openers (powerful words to start sentences) and Punctuation. Children need to develop their skills in these elements in order to increase their confidence and competence as writers. Research shows that children need to gain confidence in using vocabulary orally before they will use it successfully in their writing. We aim to encourage the development of speaking and listening skills in order to develop the children’s writing ability.
Big Writing provides our school with a definitive, comprehensive model that ensures both teachers and children know what they can and can’t do, identifying any gaps to accurately inform the next steps in teaching and learning. In this way, students will be clearly tracked throughout their primary years.
Big Writing is an approach to teaching writing and raising writing standards that focuses on:
- The importance of TALK and oral rehearsal
- Accurate basic skills– spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting.
- Regular and meaningful assessmentand target setting.
- High expectationsfor all pupils.
- Giving writing a purpose and making it fun!