Vocabulary development / introducing the concept
Alan will begin with a range of new vocabulary development games – you can’t produce a broad range of sentences without a broad vocabulary!
Alan will then introduce the concept of ‘whole school’ consistent-language approaches to sentence development : how to introduce / embed them in your own school.
In this session Alan will introduce the concept of consistent-language sentence types using examples from his first book on the subject (2A / 3ed sentences etc). He will then discuss practical ways of teaching the sentence types (Jigsaw sentences / Transformational response etc) which avoid decontextualised drilling. He will also discuss how NOT to apply the sentences.
Early Years / persuasive writing & recount
Developing ‘sentence sense’ in Early Years and Infant contexts AND How to link sentence types and non-fiction text types!
Alan will begin by demonstrating how to develop ‘sentence sense’ with pre-writers through to Year 2. Examples will be taken from a forthcoming book on sentence-development in Early Years contexts.
Following this Alan will consider how to link sentence types and non-fiction text types using Persuasive writing and Historical reports / Biographical recounts as examples. Participants will be taken through the process which can be applied to other non-fiction text types with staff in their own schools. Clear links will be made with sentence types which are specific to non-fiction genres.
Alan will then explore the two sentences apps and the punctuation app.
Session Three & Four:
Practical ideas for embedding the sentence types
The day concludes with practical ideas for displays related to sentences (in mixed ability classes). He will also consider the range of punctuation which is an intrinsic part of the sentence types (including colons, semi-colons, exclamation marks etc).
Finally, though the SPAG test is ill-conceived, Alan will consider how to develop the meta-language which is part of the test AND how this relates to the sentence types. He will demonstrate how to do this in ways which are ENGAGING for children and which avoid teaching to the test.
The day will be indispensable for class teachers, literacy co-ordinators and SMT’s seeking to raise writing standards at a ‘whole school’ level. The day is ideas-rich and intensely practical.