S.P.O.O.C.S is an experiential learning resource for upper KS2 that has been developed by Gill Matthews and Sylvia Karavis. S.P.O.O.C.S gives children a context in which to write, authentic audiences to write to and real purposes for their writing. The unfolding narrative in S.P.O.O.C.S engages the children and motivates them as writers. S.P.O.O.C.S can be used as a stand alone literacy resource, for ongoing assessment and for preparation for KS2 SATs, as all major non-fiction text types as well as narrative are covered.
Via DVD, the children are in constant contact with Y (head of S.P.O.O.C.S) as she sets them specific writing tasks via video conferences.
The story gradually unfolds and eventually the ghost hunters are approached by the legendary film producer Hal B Rich III. He has heard of the children’s exploits and wants to make a film about them.
S.P.O.O.C.S consists of The Manual and a DVD. In The Manual you will find notes to support the teaching of each writing activity, model texts, activity sheets, word and sentence level activities and a list of suggested texts for whole class reading. The DVD contains the stimulus material for each writing activity in the form of video conferences, ghostly images captured on surveillance cameras, emails and letters. The Manual is also on the DVD, should you wish to print further copies of it or to show a model text or activity sheet on the IWB.
S.P.O.O.C.S has been adopted as an intervention programme by the Black Country Challenge and is used in 45% of primary schools in the area.
If you would like any further information about SP.O.O.C.S, you can contact Gill.
S.P.O.O.C.S is published by Ellipsis Publishing.
Gill offers tailor made CPD on using S.P.O.O.C.S to prepare children for SATs. If you would like to discuss CPD, contact Gill.