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Language and Communication write simple sentences  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Write meaningful sentences.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Writing
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1b
TAP skill:Writing
TAP level:TAP56
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
The daily sentence

Paper / pencil or pen (and grip if needed)


Story book or picture (optional)

(Optional, if available: Clicker grid with the words from the child's sentence in random order. The programme Clicker is available from:

1. Child / adult generate a meaningful sentence orally that is made up of words which are easy to sound out or are high frequency.

This could be just 3-4 words to begin with.

This could be based on the child's 'news' or a sentence from a book or a sentence based on a picture.

2. Child / adult rehearse the sentence together orally - especially checking that it makes sense.

3. Adult scribes - and writes the words as the child repeats each word slowly. Child watches the adult writing (adult adds capital letter / full stop).

4. Child reads the sentence. Adult ensures child can read all the words.

5. Child writes the sentence without looking at the adult's version. (Adult helps with spellings as appropriate and gives prompts if a word is missing - depending on the needs of the child.)

6. Adult cuts up their (adult's) copy of the sentence into separate words and mixes the words up.

7. Child attempts to re-assemble the sentence.

8. Child reads the re-assembled sentence and checks it makes sense and compares it to the sentence they wrote before. Child makes corrections if any are needed.

9. Child writes a final 'best' copy in a book.

This activity assumes that the child has: basic writing skills e.g. forms letters and can write & spell simple words, can speak in sentences and can identify sentences in reading.

It links reading and writing.

Focus is on construction of a sentence, so help can be given with spellings where necessary.

When repeated every day the adult can reduce the amount of support given gradually (in step 5).

Sentences can be gradually extended - simple connectives e.g. 'and' could be added

Further activities:

Choose a keyword to work on in reading / spelling.

Use ICT - use the words from the child's sentence in a Clicker grid - child can work on writing sentences independently by clicking on each word in the correct order.

Child could practice writing the sentences to adult's dictation at the end of the week - and compare to sentences made before.

Child could take the book of sentences home to practice reading - and draw pictures to illustrate each sentence.

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