Progression in Writing: Sentence Structure 5-7 Years

This framework can be used to assess the progress of children between the ages of five and seven who are learning to write. Useful, high-quality teaching materials have been matched to a number of key statements, which provide a guide for measuring pupils’ abilities in writing sentences.

Step 1a: Writing is made up of mainly simple phrases and clauses

E.g. He has got long ears

Build a sentence

  • A sentence-building game with four different levels to develop children’s use of adjectives, adverbs, connectives and complex sentences.

Minibeasts: adding adjectives to sentences

  • Small sentences about minibeasts. Can children think of adjectives to make the sentences better?

Making sentences

  • Children choose a word from each section to construct a sentence.

Muddled sentences

  • Flashcards to support structuring sentences.

Silly sentence maker

  • This sentence-building activity allows you to mix and match sentence parts (TESiboard).

Early morning activities

  • A series of slides with short challenges.


Step 1b: Writing begins to demonstrate some sentence-like structures, often by joining clauses together with ‘and’

E.g. I feel hungry and want an apple

Improving sentences presentation

  • Encourage pupils to add appropriate punctuation, followed by ambitious vocabulary and then a connective to ‘up-level’ their sentence.

Build a sentence

  • A sentence-building game with four different levels to develop children’s use of adjectives, adverbs, connectives and complex sentences.

Making sentences

  • Children choose a word from each section to construct a sentence.

Silly sentence maker

  • This sentence-building activity allows you to mix and match sentence parts (TESiboard).

Early morning activities

  • A series of slides with short challenges.

 

Step 2a: There is some variation in sentence openings

E.g. Like a fish, she dived in

Big Writing spinner game

  • An interactive presentation with an animated spinner that will choose an aspect of a sentence to ‘up-level’. There are four textboxes for you to add your own sentences.

Rainbow writing booklet

  • Ten weeks of activities to support grammar development.

Powerful openers display

  • A very thorough collection, which can be used for small groups or as general reminders around the classroom.

Year 3 grammar: teaching units 1-19

  • This booklet sets out grammatical features and suggests a wealth of adaptable activities. This material is taken from The National Strategies.

 

Step 2b: Writing is made up of mainly simple sentences, and is beginning to demonstrate some complex sentences

E.g. The dog jumped and landed in the pond

Improving sentences presentation

  • Encourage pupils to add appropriate punctuation, followed by ambitious vocabulary and then a connective to ‘up-level’ their sentence.

Build a sentence

  • A sentence-building game with four different levels to develop children’s use of adjectives, adverbs, connectives and complex sentences.

Changing simple sentences into compound sentences

  • Changing simple sentences into compound sentences. Includes a list of conjunctions.

Big Writing spinner game

  • An interactive presentation with an animated spinner that will choose an aspect of a sentence to ‘up-level’. There are four textboxes for you to add your own sentences.

Making sentences

  • Children choose a word from each section to construct a sentence.

Stretchy sentences

  • Improve sentences with adjectives, adverbs, clauses, or commas.

Colour-coded connectives fan

  • Ten connective words, colour-coded by level.

Early morning activities

  • A series of slides with short challenges.

Super, splendid, scintillating sentences

  • A game to help children to ‘up-level’ boring sentences

Extending sentences

  • A set of three-word sentences for children to extend by adding adverbs, adjectives and further information.

Year 3 grammar: teaching units 1-19

  • This booklet sets out grammatical features and suggests a wealth of adaptable activities. This material is taken from The National Strategies.


Step 2c: Past and present tense is generally used correctly

E.g. I can see the rainbow. I saw the rainbow

Past and present tense

  • A small group activity based on six sets of sentences that are written in the past and present tense.

Year 3 grammar: teaching units 1-19

  • This booklet sets out grammatical features and suggests a wealth of adaptable activities. This material is taken from The National Strategies..


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