Friday, 26 August 2016

A Roald Dahl VCOP Display set for #RoaldDahlDay

It just over two week's time, Roald Dahl day will be upon us; 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl!  
One of my biggest projects pre-NQT year was creating my VCOP display. I am a fan of VCOP, and I love lots of resources created by organisations or shared on TES. When I was in Year 5 volunteering years before training, I remember the teacher I was with religiously using punctuation pyramids and they actually made a positive difference, and from this I firmly believe if whole schools adopted using similar resources and transitioned these from Year R to 6 they'd make a positive difference!

I remember though my only issue with VCOP is how straight forward it is - a full stop is a full stop, and connectives (now conjunctions!) are what they are - there was nothing personal about them! Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors, and I knew I wanted to create a display that linked to this!

When I found out my NQT would be in Year 1 - I nearly scrapped this idea. I'm so glad I didn't! This display was on my wall from September to July, and was used by every child at some point through the year - my higher ability children especially used the more Year 2 based vocabulary and even moved them onto speech marks!

I made this display, alongside punctuation pyramids with correlating sections, and labels with LOs. The pyramids I loved, and had them out on the tables as much as possible. The only regret last year, was not reading more Roald Dahl with my class - we started James and the Giant Peach but then it got lost at the back of a shelf! Luckily this year, George's Marvellous Medicine is our first key text so I'm sure I'll be reading more Roald Dahl this year in class!

I'd love to know any thoughts on this display - have you seen any fabulous contextual displays? This year I'm looking to re-vamp my Maths working wall display!

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