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Punctuation Pyramid

The Punctuation Pyramid is a simple and highly-effective tool which provides an instant desktop reference point for children to use when completing writing activities.

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The Punctuation Pyramid is a simple and highly-effective tool which provides an instant desktop reference point for children to use when completing writing activities.

Use of the Punctuation Pyramid in the classroom is designed to have an immediate impact on writing standards.Once assembled, the faces of the pyramid present Ros Wilson's popular ‘VCOP’ system of focused teaching:

  • V = Vocabulary: teach a wide range of ‘wow’ words (ambitious vocabulary)
  • C = Connectives: teach a wide range of words and phrases for connecting thoughts, ideas, sentences, etc.
  • O = Openers: teach a wide range of ways of opening sentences, including sequence words, linking words and phrases
  • P = Punctuation: teach a wide range of punctuation

File Format: PDF

FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY INCLUDED.

Each face of the pyramid contains a number of ‘bands’. The lower down the pyramid you go, the more sophisticated the writing should be.Children should be encouraged to internalise which VCOP ‘band’ they are working within and attempt to up-level themselves. Encourage the children to ‘have a go’ at the bands they are not quite ready for and praise for doing so, even if their work is not quite accurate – they should not be made to feel that they are ‘getting it wrong’. Continued teacher modelling during writing sessions and frequent reference to the Pyramid will encourage increased understanding.

For example: Name punctuation marks and model examples of their use during Literacy lessons. Encourage the children to spot punctuation marks in the texts that they read. Ask the children to look at their own writing and assess which band they think they are working within and what punctuation marks they need to start using to reach the next band.

For further information about the work of Ros Wilson, and for training opportunities, please visit www.andrelleducation.com

The Punctuation Pyramid is produced in full colour using the Sassoon Primary font.

  • To assemble, print onto card and cut out each face of the pyramid.
  • Snip the corners off the tabs, score and glue the faces of the pyramid firmly together.
  • For a more durable pyramid, either laminate or cover with clear Fablon prior to assembly.
  • Use of attractively-designed vocabulary during Literacy vocabulary can increase motivation and raise attainment. It also makes a positive contribution to classroom display.

The VCOP system has been praised by Ofsted for offering the children the opportunity to quickly raise their standards of writing.









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