Here I sit at the end of another week (this is an old post from a previous blog), another week of getting every last drop of learning from my class. Writing used to be a chore that in previous years the children didn't enjoy. Grammar and punctuation was all over the place and sentence construction was poor too.
That is until I stumbled across Exciting Sentences by Alan Peat
( @alanpeat ) Suddenly the kids writing took off. Sentence construction improved dramatically, punctuation use got better and children began to enjoy the writing lessons again. However, something was still not working because writing was still not progressing as fast as I would have liked.
We were not using the sentence types in the best way we could. The children were using them in small chunks but not in the context of the learning. Now we are. Every Friday is designated as Fantastic Friday writing whereby the children get the hook into writing via video (www.literacyshed.com) a picture, a story or anything else that we can think of.
Then they have the freedom to use as many sentence types they like. Using the sentence types also means they are including commas in all the right places, colons are being used and most of all the children are enjoying writing again.
If you do one thing this holiday season buy Alan Peats exciting sentences books and get using them in class. The results in your Childrens writing will blow you away.
(I am in no way employed by Alan Peat!)
After moving school, we are now in the process of introducing Alan Peat Exciting sentences across key stage two. They are already making a difference to the standard of writing. We are also lucky to have him coming to deliver an inset at our school in October so we can make even more improvements.
I'm a deputy head in Scarborough, England and love using media and tech to develop writing. I'm also a keen advocate of Learning Without Limits and believe in a games based approach to developing mathematicians.