Improving Writing in KS2 How can you help your child?

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Improving Writing in KS2How can you help your child?4 Aspects of Writing* Spelling* Handwriting* Grammar* Composition / genreSpelling* Patterns taught* Key words* Strategies for learning* HomeworkHandwriting* Letter formations and joins* Pen licenceVocabulary* Choosing the best word for the job.* What effect are we trying to create? (link to their reading)Which do you prefer and why?The fierce houndThe savage beastCan you improve the verb in this sentence?The rat walked in the shadows.GenresFeatures: * Audience* Style - formal / informal, sentence structures, types of language.* Structure* Layout* Types of punctuationGrammar* Using correct terms: noun, verb, adjective, adverb (activity 1).* Correct tense.* Conjunctions.Punctuation* What types are there?* When might we use them?* What do they do?* Activity 2Improving SentencesActivity 3: Improving a sentence. * Add in adjectives / adverbs.* Improve the verb.* Add a subordinate clause after the noun to add details such as what they look like, where they are from.* Use a conjunction to say more.Improving SentencesActivity 4: Using subordination to extend ideas. Add a clause on the front. Add a clause after the noun. Add a clause on the end after a conjunction.Improving SentencesActivity: Openers. * Varying openers to sentences adds interest / builds tension / puts important words first.* Use ing words (verbs) * ly words(adverbs) * conjunctions* subordinate clauseLevels * National Curriculum Levels.* Assessment Focuses - I can Statements. * Levelled Samples Summary: What can I do to help my child to write better? Keep positive Engage children in books (keep reading to them) Discuss word choices and why the author chose them. Use ambitious words with them in conversation and encourage them to use them in writing. Use correct terminology for punctuation and word groups. Challenge them to begin sentences in different ways, add in detail, describe the noun, describe the verb Re-read sentences aloud to hear mistakes and edit.

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