The BIG Write

Everything you need to know
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A part of the school day when we all talk in High Level Language.

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Once a fortnight your child will bring home a TALK homework slip.

In Big Talk we use ‘power talk’, ‘wow’ words and long, clever sentences.

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The TALK homework slip will tell you what the talk topic for homework is.

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When we do Big Writing we use our Big Talk Language in class.

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Pupils use ideas from discussions they have had in class, but also from discussions they have had at home.

What is BIG Talk?
  1. Big Talk is a part of the school day when we all talk in High Level Language.
  2. In Big Talk we use ‘power talk’, ‘wow’ words (big or interesting words) and long, clever sentences.
  3. When we do Big Writing we use our Big Talk Language.
What is Big Writing?

Big Writing is a writing lesson that allows pupils to review their skills in writing and apply their skills independently by writing a range of text types.

Big Writing lessons take place across the curriculum to encourage pupils to use their writing skills all the time. During Big Writing, pupils use ideas from discussions they have had in class, but also from discussions they have had at home.

The idea is that pupils already have lots of ideas to include in their writing, so that they can focus on the skills required to write accurately.

What is Talk Homework
  1. Once a fortnight your child will bring home a TALK homework slip.
  2. The TALK homework slip will tell you what the talk topic for homework is. Please turn off any distractions and spend ‘special’ time talking to your child about the topic/writing challenge.
  3. You could have a regular slot every week when the TV is turned off and sit down to eat (if you do not already). Then you could have a power talk as well (use formal language, ‘wow words, clever sentences etc.)
  4. The following are ways you could make ‘power talk’ sessions last longer and be more interesting:
  • Each give your own opinions on the subject
  • Use the ‘because’ word to explain why you think that.
  • Discuss why other family members not present might have a different idea.
  • Use the ‘because’ word to explain why they might have a different idea.
  • You could make links with how things were when you were young, or when your parents were young.
  • Discuss whether things may be different in the future.
What else can we do?
  1. Use ‘wow’ words. These are big words or interesting words. Tell me what they mean if I do not know.
  2. Play games with me, especially some of the more old fashioned games like board games and card games.
  3. Play lots of word games with me. These are especially good when we are travelling or waiting for something. Here are some ideas:
  • Give a ‘wow’ word in a sensible sentence and I have to guess what it means.
  • Give an adjective (describing word) and then in turn we have to give more that have a similar or opposite meaning.
  • How many can we find? Take turns beginning with A… B… C… (Boys’ names, girls’ names)
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