Each letter of VCOP stands for an aspect of writing that will help pupils improve all writing in every subject. Click here for some VCOP examples.
V = Vocabulary (the words used in writing)
Also called WOW words! For example: instead of using the word ‘nice’ , another more interesting word could be used - such as ‘beautiful, stunning, fantastic’ etc.
C = Connectives (or joining words)
These are words used to make sentences longer. For example: ‘and, because, but, so, when, then’ . The words come in the middle of sentences, e.g.
‘When I stared out of the window I felt angry because...’
O = Openers (words to open or begin sentences)
For example: ‘I..., My..., When..., First..., Suddenly...’ Different openers should be used to start each sentence in their writing.
P = Punctuation (the marks used to help writing make sense!)
Children should be using full stops, capital letters, commas, exclamation marks, question marks and speech marks.