Writing exciting sentences: the whole school approach, with Alan Peat.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 from 09:00 to 15:30 (GMT)
Free for Member Schools:
This brand new conference will begin by exploring how to develop 'sentence sense' in Early Years contexts and Key Stage 1 before concentrating on Alan's 'consistent language' approach. The day draws on ideas in 'Writing Exciting Sentences' (Alan Peat 2008) and 'A Second Book of Exciting Sentences' (Alan Peat and Mathew Sullivan 2013) as well as Alan's research based on School Audits he has undertaken nationally. The day will be packed with practical ideas to take and use immediately AND will also consider how best to implement and manage a sustainable whole-school approach to developing a grammatically correct breadth of sentence types.
SESSION ONE: 9.00-10.30 An introduction to 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 then 'unpick' the 6 key features of schools already successfully implementing the approach (based on School Audit research) and share how this can be transferred to participating colleagues schools.
SESSION TWO: 10.45-12.15 Developing 'sentence sense' in Early Years and Infant school 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 and through to Level 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 two 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.
SESSION THREE: 1.00-2.00 Introducing sentences from the Second Book of Exciting Sentences (Alan Peat and Mathew Sullivan) & How To Link Sentences and Narrative Writing
Alan will introduce many of the brand new sentence types from the second book and make clear links with appropriate genres. He will then consider story writing and how best to use the sentence types in relation to openings and endings; locational writing; character descriptions and dilemmas. He will also discuss how to avoid overuse of the sentence types!
SESSION FOUR: 2.15-3.00. Display / Punctuation and the Sentence Types / Sentence Types and the Meta-language of the SPAG test
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 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. Alan has personally recently taught everything which is covered in the day! As well as in the UK Alan's sentence types are now used across Jersey; many schools in Australia and New Zealand and several International schools.
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