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What is it? VCOP stands for Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. It is a daily literacy
What is it? VCOP stands for Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. It is a daily literacy
What is it? VCOP stands for Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. It is a daily literacy
What is it? VCOP stands for Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. It is a daily literacy
What is it?
VCOP stands for Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. It is a daily literacy plan
which consists of short, fun oral activities (10 minutes) designed to improve student confidence
and ability in writing.
At the conclusion of the week, students engage in an extended writing activity (big writing) to
implement knowledge gained in the daily sessions – these may be linked to the text type being
taught in class.
V
C
O
P
V = Vocabulary
C = Connectives
O= Openers
P = Punctuation
Students are introduced
to new WOW words and
are encouraged to
select exciting,
challenging and
different phrases in
their writing.
Powerful connectives
are taught and
displayed in the
classroom. Students are
encouraged to use
these to improve their
sentence structure.
Students are
encouraged to use more
interesting sentence
openers, with a focus is
on using “ly” words to
start sentences, e.g.
Carefully she opened ..
Students have an
intensive focus on
correctly using
punctuation in writing.
They are encouraged to
edit their own work and
vary punctuation.

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Vocabulary

Connectives

Openers

Punctuation

BIG Writing

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Introduction to

Introduction to

Introduction to

Introduction to

Extension: Trapped

Dolphin and Cow

vocabulary WOW word: ambitious

connectives Which is the best connective: before or because? Extension: Trapped (ICT)

openers Write a sentence to go with the picture using the opener quickly.

punctuation. Label the punctuation.

picture prompt. Discuss and write the story of this unlikely friendship.

(ICT)

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Which is the best

Using ‘how’ starters.

Kung-Fu Punctuation

Magical Veggie

WOW word: beautiful Vocabulary activity:

describe a banana

connective: before or because? Write a sentence about the picture (coloured giraffe) using because.

Write a sentence to go with the pictures using the openers: slowly, playfully

Dr Punctuation: Cure the sentence by rewriting it with correct punctuation.

Balloon picture prompt. Discuss and write the story of their adventure.

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WOW word: gigantic Vocabulary activity:

Which is the best connective:

Using ‘ing’ starters.

Write a sentence to go

Kung-Fu Punctuation Dr Punctuation: Cure

Watch The Girl with the Yellow

Write a sentence using the words cat, necklace, fish.

but or so? Write a sentence about the picture (funfair) using either but or so as a connective.

with the picture, using an ‘ing’ word to start, e.g. Reading intently, Sarah didn’t notice her Mum calling her for dinner.

the sentence by rewriting it with correct punctuation.

Bag on YouTube. Discuss the magical properties of the yellow bag. Write a story about a magical object.

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WOW word: fierce Vocabulary activity:

Which is the best connective:

Using description starters. Write a

Kung-Fu Punctuation Statement or

You are a scientist who has just

Write a sentence using

but or so?

sentence to go with

question: add either

discovered a new

three nouns. Renovate

Write a sentence about

the picture, using a

a full stop or a

planet. Write a

 

this sentence

the picture (dogs at

description to start,

question mark to the

paragraph

challenge.

beach) using either but or so as a connective.

e.g. The large, black cow enjoyed eating grass in the meadow.

given sentences.

describing this new planet.

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WOW word: growl

Which is the best

Using where starters.

On a lonely, tropical

Kung-Fu Punctuation

Elephant and

Vocabulary activity:

connective: before or

Write a sentence to go

Introducing

Baby

antonyms/synonyms + alternate words for nice. Renovate this sentence challenge.

because? Write a sentence about the picture (coloured giraffe) using and.

with the picture, using a where starter, e.g.

island there lived a mad scientist.

exclamation marks. Add either a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark to the given sentences.

Discuss and write a story using the picture as prompt.

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WOW word: offend

Using adverbs.

 

Using ‘ed’ starters.

Kung-Fu Punctuation

Jenny’s secret

(ICT) Vocabulary activity:

Describe the monster creeping up on the boy.

Write three sentences using the connectives:

because, so, if Write a sentence about the picture (coloured giraffe) using then.

Write a sentence to go with the picture, using an ‘ed’ word to start, e.g.

Using commas to separate items in a list.

Discuss and write a story using the picture as prompt and story starter.

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WOW word: magic Vocabulary activity:

Match the correct connective.

Alliteration as an opener.

Kung-Fu Punctuation Direct speech –

A Cloudy Lesson

Watch the

Create a word list and tally points. Elephant description *May also want to discuss alternate words for ‘said’

Use a connective to write a sentence that includes these three ideas: pig, chocolate, France

The sneaky, slithering snake slithered into the room.

adding speech marks to text.

animation and discuss. Students write the story, trying to include some direct speech.

Outcomes:

EN1-2A: plans, composes and reviews a small range of simple texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known

readers and viewers EN1-5A: uses a variety of strategies, including knowledge of sight words and letter–sound correspondences, to spell familiar words EN1-7B: identifies how language use in their own writing differs according to their purpose, audience and subject matter EN1-8B: recognises that there are different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an awareness of purpose, audience and subject matter EN1-9B: uses basic grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary appropriate to the type of text when responding to and composing texts EN1-10C: thinks imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts EN1-11D: responds to and composes a range of texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences