At Toorak Primary School we work to instil a genuine love of the English language through explicit and integrated teaching and learning of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The ability to read and write as well as receive and communicate ideas verbally underpins all learning.

Throughout the school, the children are involved in activities that help them to gain knowledge about how to improve their writing. As well as focusing on the writing features of different text types, they are encouraged to always focus on four core elements – Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (VCOP) – as a way of improving their writing.

VCOP and Big Write are teaching approaches based on the research of Ros Wilson, an expert based in the UK. VCOP teaches children the skills to improve their own writing through self-assessment. There are mascots that represent each section of VCOP. Click here to read more…..