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20 October 2014
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Sentences - lesson plan

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  1. KS2 Literacy - Hot air balloonTo use a wide range of conjunctions to join two simple sentences (clauses) together to compose compound sentences.
  2. To develop awareness of the grammatical composition of simple, compound and complex sentences.
  3. To use a range of sentence types in writing, including statements, questions, commands, and short snappy sentences.

National Curriculum

En3, 7b, 7c.


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Teaching activities

Class Work

  1. Ask the children to play the Balloon Joining Words game.
  2. Ask the children to complete the Statements game worksheet (PDF 93KB), sorting the statements into groups. Using a shared text that includes examples of these, ask the children to sort the statements into True and False and to find examples to match each of the True statements to display on the class working wall.
  3. Ask for feedback from the children and a range of examples collected by them to help explain the key grammatical terms.
  4. Develop awareness of grammar through discussion. Include mention of authorial intent and its impact on the reader.
  5. Watch Learning Zone Class Clips - Alphabetical Order and invite the children to comment.
  6. Discuss with the children what makes the clip effective and appealing to a young audience (e.g. clear visuals, clear voice and presentation, songs and jingles).
  7. Ask the children what they think could be introduced into children's TV broadcasts to make them even more appealing.
  8. Listen to Melvin & Steven explain sentences and language structure and read about sentences and clauses in the Bitesize sentences pages.
  9. Encourage the children to write a script for a children's TV broadcast that explains key grammatical concepts to a young child (of age 10 or 11).
  10. As the children to plan their broadcast, prepare their scripts and begin rehearsing, discuss the choices they have made to ensure the programme is enticing for a young audience. Emphasize the need for clarity of explanation and quality of presentation material.


Split the class into teams and ask them to complete the Bitesize sentences quiz.

Independent group work/Homework

Ask the children to listen again to Melvin & Steven explain sentences and language structure and to read about sentences and clauses in the Bitesize sentences pages and then to develop their own quiz about sentences, using a question and answer format.

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