Teaching Grammar to Primary School Children: How to Make It Relevant, Useful and Fun Inset

This course by leading Literacy Consultant Tim Dawson shows you how to encourage your pupils to become Grammar Slammers ahead of the new 2014 National Curriculum requirements. Tim has designed this course to help you negotiate the requirements of the new curriculum.
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This course by leading Literacy Consultant Tim Dawson shows you how to encourage your pupils to become Grammar Slammers ahead of the new 2014 National Curriculum changes.

Tim has designed this course to help you negotiate the requirements of the new curriculum, gauge the extent of revisions needed to your existing schemes of work and lesson plans, answer your queries and provide helpful materials for class based learning.

Tim believes literacy is at the heart of education and he will show you how to ensure that the correct grammatical terms are fully integrated into your own schools' curriculum.

Course includes:

  • dealing with the focus on English grammar under the National Curriculum 2014
  • sharpening understanding of English grammar in safe and inclusive conditions
  • exploring ways to make grammar part of every lesson
  • building up the grammar knowledge base
  • turning your pupils into Grammar Slammers

You will leave the course with a course book full of tried and tested materials and a USB full of helpful information.

What other teachers have said about the training:

We are no longer 'dumbing down' the language we use with the children. We now use more complex language and enable the children to use it too.
Phase 1 staff

The children are now really inquisitive about words and staff and children are much more aware of the vocabulary they should be using.
Phase 2 staff

The children are developing ownership of their vocabulary and are really keen to learn more about where words come from and how they are linked by their origins and meaning.
Phase 3 staff

Opinions about language have changed. The children are now engaging with difficult texts with growing confidence and excitement.
Phase 4 staff

Full Course Content

The course will:

provide an overview of the requirements in the National Curriculum 2014

what pupils should know by the end of year 5

  • noun, noun phrase
  • adjective, adverb, verb tense (past, present) preposition conjunction
  • word family, prefix clause, subordinate clause determiner
  • pronoun, possessive pronoun adverbial modal verb, relative pronoun
  • relative clause

refresh your understanding of grammar

  • word classes - the jobs words do in sentences
  • sentence structure - subject/object, voice, clauses, phrases and connectives
  • sentences - simple, compound and complex
  • punctuation for clarity

demonstrate the relationship between grammatical skills and writing

  • lexis - choosing words and growing children's vocabulary
  • morphology - modifying words to make them do different jobs
  • creating sentences that are effective for different purposes
  • text cohesion - making it all hold together

use the programmes of study from the Revised English National Curriculum to plan tasks so that children will:

  • be able to select appropriate grammatical structures for different purposes and audiences
  • become curious and therefore knowledgeable about language
  • build up the knowledge base for grammar

use quality texts by well-known authors

  • to investigate writers' techniques
  • as a model to engage and motivate children in their own writing
  • to look at the best route through grammatical topics

Finally, we will look at ways of ensuring that the skills and knowledge that the children acquire are based in a cross-curricular plan for continuity and progression.