Primary and any interested secondary or special school practitioners who wish to teach grammar creatively. For all English and KS2 leads, as well as heads and teachers looking to improve their own understanding and successfully teach basic skills.
With the impending introduction of a new curriculum that emphasises spelling, grammar and punctuation, this conference with education expert Sue Palmer seeks to support primary practitioners to approach the teaching of grammar in creative, engaging and relevant ways.
You will learn:
- The grammatical knowledge required in the new English Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2
- What teachers need to know about grammar and why
- How children learn language and literacy skills, why 21st century children are finding it harder and what we can do about it
- Ideas for teaching grammar creatively with child-friendly teaching methods that can be applied in a variety of contexts
- A simple model for linking English teaching to work across the curriculum
Course participants will have an opportunity to hear Sue talk about the following;
Words at Work
- An overview for teachers of the grammatical concepts in the new National Curriculum
- A variety of teaching ideas for introducing concepts and vocabulary, plus suggestions for linking grammar to the teaching of writing.
Sense and Sentences
- Major problems in teaching the new NC grammar requirements – what’s required of teachers and children, and how can we make it work?
From Sentence to Text
- Punctuation and other grammatical elements associated with cohesion
- A simple model for teaching writing across the curriculum, and how grammar teaching fits into it.
About the Speaker
Sue Palmer, a former headteacher, is the author of many textbooks, articles and TV programmes on the teaching of grammar in primary schools. She was a major contributor to the NLS publication Grammar for Writing and wrote the accompanying grammar training programme for teachers. Her ‘skeleton frameworks’ for teaching writing across the curriculum, and the accompanying Skeleton Books, have been widely used in UK schools for over a decade. These days, Sue is best known for her books on child development, including Toxic Childhood: how modern life is damaging our children… and what we can do about it, and involvement in campaigns about ‘the erosion of childhood’. This work arose from concern about the difficulty of teaching literacy skills in a fast-moving, multimedia world. Ten years’ research into child development and learning confirmed her belief that explicit – and creative – teaching about the language of writing is now more important than ever.
Monday, 11th November 2013
9.15am for a prompt 9.30am start until 3.30pm
The Holiday Inn (Southend Airport), 77 Eastwoodbury Crescent, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6XG
SET Members - £120 for delegate 1 and £60 for second delegate from same school
Non-Members - £150 for delegate 1 and £75 for second delegate from same school
Lunch will be provided