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What is the most effective way of helping Year 6 pupils understand and use complex sentence structures?

There is no getting away from it: sentence structure is a phenomenally complex issue.  And worse: it is a phenomenally complex issue that you have to find time to teach in a busy day.

But that is not the least of it.  For if children lose their way when learning sentence structure, rather than feel that they are making progress in their writing, they quickly lose confidence.  Rather than become more adventurous, they retreat into simplicity.

The only way around this is to teach sentence structure in a way that allows each child to master one structure and then move onto the next.  After a short while they will have, at their disposal, a range of structures that they can draw on.

In using this approach there is a further bonus, for as children successfully use simple sentence structures, they gain confidence in their ability to write, and willingly take on board the next structure, as a way of developing their skills still further.

Indeed, as one teacher who has worked with “Daily Sentence Structures” told us, “I’m really impressed with the system and the results I’ve had over the year. Also pleased at how I can easily weave a lot of trickier SPaG concepts into the sessions!”

Another noted how it is, “A systematic structure, gradually reintroducing known sentence structures and breathing new life and purpose into them. Allows children whose knowledge and practice has been affected by lockdown or simply maturity.”

Through using this approach pupils rapidly gain a range of strong sentences to fall back on in their writing. It improves their writing and perhaps most importantly, develops their confidence as writers. 

In just 15 minutes a day, Daily Sentence Structures (2nd edition) takes pupils on this vital journey towards not just using varied sentence structures but also using the sentence structure appropriate for the subject matter of the piece. 

Read more about this book and read extracts under the ‘Try before you buy’ tab on our website.

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