Engaging pupils in the writing process
In this session Alan will explore both high tech and ‘pen and paper’ vocabulary development strategies which can be used in a subject-specific manner across depts. These will include… Staircasing / Lateral thinking Staircasing / Rally /AnyWord Xword (used in a subject specific manner) / Longword (used in a subject specific manner) / Wordle / The Gutenberg Project etc. Opportunities for ‘authentic reason writing’ will also be explored.
Writing persuasively across departments + higher order instructional writing
Alan will unpick both structural models and language features of persuasive writing – a key inter-departmental text type. A coherent whole-school approach will be discussed and modelled. Complex features of instructional writing will also be considered – though ‘simple’ language is a key element of instructional writing higher order features will also be explored.
An inter-departmental approach to punctuation and grammar
(both clearly relate to clarity of meaning in ALL subjects)
Regardless of subject, accurate use of punctuation and grammar are essential. Alan will consider how to integrate these into subjects and avoid isolated drilling. The advantages (and pitfalls – if used inappropriately!) of Alan’s approach to varied sentence use will then be detailed.
Essay writing techniques (key language features) and tech-based opportunities.
A range of apps and websites will be explored in the context of inter-departmental literacy. The day will then conclude with effective essay writing techniques – the main focus will be report writing – key language features and structural elements will be unpicked.