Vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation are the key ingredients for creating splendid sentences. Try this range of free resources to help your pupils vary vocab, perfect punctuation and conquer connectives.

Off to a flying start

Keep pupils on their toes with these quick fire VCOP challenges – a great source for starter ideas.

Impact with immediacy

This PowerPoint presentation has lots of ideas for boosting big writing.

VCOP of kings

Pyramids of words and punctuation marks come alive in this animated Ancient Egypt VCOP PowerPoint with posters.

Wizard words

Sprinkle a little magic on your lesson to inspire cool connectives and ambitious vocabulary.

Ban boring

The VCOP superheroes arrive with a pow, a wow and a bang. Violet Vocab, the Incredible Opener, Captain Connective and Dr Punctuation are ready to battle boredom with sizzling sentences.

Creative contributors

TES forum users’ activity ideas collated in one handy place – a treasure trove of inspiration.

Super, splendid, scintillating sentences

Uplevel writing with a little competition. This 2-player game is a test of quick wit and creativity.

Singing for sentences

Use the tune of Frere Jacques to help pupils remember VCOP.

Early rising writers

Wake up sleepy heads with these early-morning activities.

VCOP highlights

Let your pupils show off their knowledge by highlighting examples of vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation.

Running up the rungs

Pupils can show off their VCOP progress with this colourful success ladder.


The superheroes strike again! Pyramids decorated in helpful hints serve as a reminder for pupils.

Strictly come writing

Pupils can spell out the importance of VCOP with this playscript based on the popular reality TV show.

Big writing pack

This resource provides a strategy for teachers to inspire creative big writing.

Writing skills for secondary school

A resource pack and guide to help secondary teacher adopt the primary VCOP techniques and improve weaker students’ writing.

Stepping stones

From red hot sentences to story mountains, there’s plenty here to make the writing process as creative as the written word.

Super powers

Great display posters revealing the VCOP superheroes’ super powers. Help pupils see what each of them does to keep their writing running on smoothly and clearly.

Sentence surgery

It’s clinic time. These butchered sentences need some medical attention to make them better again.

Very best VCOP

Award achievements with VCOP superhero stickers identifying the good points in pupils’ sentences.

Playing with words

Make VCOP fun with this board and dice game to revise and develop writing skills.