From word to sentence to text: live, interactive grammar subject knowledge webinars

For new (within the last 5 years) or returning teachers… or anybody!

This is a new initiative with each webinar being limited to 6 teachers so that we can have a dialogue with questions, answers and discussions so that any grey areas can be clarified. 

Several headteachers have recently told me that they have lots of sympathy for teachers in the early parts of their career whose experience of placements, CPD and the challenges of home learning have negatively impacted upon the subject knowledge and experience they would usually have had. 

These one day sessions are designed primarily for teachers in the first five years of their career whose experience may have been seriously disrupted by the Covid pandemic and its aftermath but the course is open to anyone.

The sessions will cover all relevant aspects of grammar from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to allow colleagues to see the bigger picture. There will also be time for them to reflect upon the needs of their own year group.

This course aims to fill gaps in subject knowledge, particularly in the following areas:

  • Effective teaching of vocabulary and knowledge of tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary
  • Subject knowledge for grammar and the teaching of writing in their own year group, and before and beyond.
  • Applying this subject knowledge in creative, inventive and imaginative ways to improve children’s writing.
  • Using quality texts to inspire your children when writing
  • How to  directly teach sentence construction, control of grammar and syntax, so that pupils can use sentences with accuracy, confidence and increasing flair.
  • Ideas for effective practice using short, focused tasks to enable pupils apply what they have learned to their independent writing including:
  • Sentence expanding – combining – joining – shortening
  • Singling out sentences

The content of the day will look at the following elements of grammar.

  1. Word classes – verbs (tenses) and adverbs; nouns and adjectives; prepositions; determiners; nouns and pronouns including possessive pronouns; plurals and apostrophes.
  2. Phrases and clauses – noun phrases; prepositional phrases; modal and auxiliary verbs – verb phrases.
  3. Sentence types + punctuation; main and subordinate clauses
  4. Joins and Links – adverbials; conjunctions; relative clauses + relative pronouns.
  5. Sentences – subject / verb; agreement; tenses.
  6. Advanced punctuation – colons; semicolons; ellipsis; parenthesis – brackets, dashes, commas; hyphens; bullet points.
  7. Cohesion – including fronted adverbials. 
  8. Formal & informal – speech; audience and purpose.

The presentation will be made available to delegates for reference.

The sessions will begin at 9:30 am and end at 3:00 pm and run on the dates below – choose either:

Thursday 27 April 2023

Thursday 4 May 2023

Please note that depending upon demand, some sessions may not run and delegates might be asked to attend on another day. On the other hand, If there is a lot of demand then additional sessions may be scheduled.

Delegates will need a working camera and microphone on their device. 

The cost is £150 per person. 

PLEASE EMAIL PHILIPGWEBB@ME.COM TO BOOK PLACES.

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School:

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Terms and Conditions

Free cancellation is allowed if five working days notice is given before the first day of the course otherwise the full cost will be charged. If delegates are unable to attend then it is usually possible for them to access a recording of the day and all other course resources.