English: Language chameleons – using grammar, vocabulary and punctuation for effect

Why is this important?

Grammar, vocabulary and punctuation form an important part of a writer’s toolkit. It is through the confident manipulation of these that children can shape their writing to communicate for a chosen purpose and audience. Research shows that teaching grammar, vocabulary and punctuation in context, by exploring its impact on the reader, helps children to improve their writing. The same research shows that teacher subject knowledge impacts significantly on the effectiveness of teaching in this way.

How will it impact?

By accessing this professional development, you will:

  • develop your own subject knowledge of grammar and punctuation and explore some common misconceptions;
  • see grammar as possibilities not rules and reflect on how grammar and punctuation can be varied to create an effect which is appropriate to audience, purpose and form;
  • consider ways of teaching grammar and punctuation in the context of the children’s reading and writing;
  • become confident in all aspects of grammar as set out in the National Curriculum English appendices and in the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests.

Who is the professional development for?

Phase: Primary Secondary Special Non-maintained

Target Group(s): English subject leaders, teachers and teaching assistants

What format will it take?

Full day INSET

Learning Exchange member fee: £600 per school
Non-member fee: £750 per school

Staff meeting/twilight

1 x 2 hour session

Learning Exchange member fee: £240 per school
Non-member fee: £340 per school

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