Im a ks2 teacher and we use big writing in school which, in my opinion, is excellent. We are always encouraging the children to use words other than said in their writing and it is in fact 'banned' from being spoken/written in the classroom! My point is that most texts the chn read, said is used all the time! Do other schools place a heavy emphasis on this too? I'm sure the chn must be confused why we reinforce it in their work but in most texts they read it everywhere!