UKLA and National Literacy Trust Improving children’s writing through effective grammar teaching

A Conference for schools looking to ensure their grammar teaching both makes an impact and is also engaging for children.

This event took place Wednesday March 19th, 2014

With grammar having such a strong focus in the new National Curriculum, as well as the SPaG test for all Year 6 children, this conference is timely for schools looking to ensure their grammar teaching makes both an impact and is engaging for children. We are delighted to be running this conference in partnership with the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA), a charity which works to develop literacy education through its focus on research and sharing best practice. UKLA’s most recent publication, ‘Teaching Grammar Effectively in the Primary School’ gives a comprehensive insight into how to teach grammar successfully in context and during this conference, we will highlight the teaching strategies and case studies it proposes, structuring content around the following themes: - Words - Words into sentences - Punctuation - Beyond the sentence - Developing professional subject knowledge - Standard English and grammar The conference will seek to support practitioners to teach grammar using a creative, dialogic and most importantly, contextualised approach. It will also help schools prepare for the new National Curriculum.

Confirmed speakers include:

  David Reedy David Reedy has had an extensive career in primary education, including as a teacher, UKLA former President and General Secretary, as well as currently being the Director of Schools for the Cambridge Primary Review Trust and Principal Primary Adviser in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Details on David Reedy's keynote speech: Part 1: Grammar is a strong focus in the new National Curriculum. Schools and teachers are keen to incorporate the requirements for teaching grammatical knowledge and understanding in a way that  ensures that children are engaged, as well as having an impact on their reading and writing. This keynote will demonstrate that  grammar teaching can make a difference and help children (and teachers) to get better at reading and writing. It is crucially important that young readers and writers know how language is organised to make meaning, and a knowledge of grammar, including the relevant terminology, will help them to get better as users of language themselves The keynote will include: -          A rationale for the teaching of grammar -          A brief review of research evidence -          A recommended teaching sequence -          Practical examples covering both KS1 and 2 which demonstrate how to embed high-quality contextualised grammar teaching and learning in reading and writing lessons -          An overview of the grammar requirements in the new National Curriculum and how schools can work towards a whole school approach Part 2 : Word into phrase into clause into text This session will continue the theme of the keynote and will include further practical ideas concerning how the explicit teaching of grammar through motivating stimuli, explicit teaching, engaging activities, can lead to high quality writing. We will look at how still and moving image, as well as written texts, can be the starting points and contexts for developing children’s understanding of language structure and how that can inform their own writing, in particular. Both sessions will draw on David’s  book, co-authored by Eve Bearne; ‘Teaching Grammar Effectively in the Primary School’  (UKLA 2013), which gives a comprehensive insight into how to teach grammar successfully in context, including  teaching strategies and case studies. Dr Jim Crinson Jim Crinson is the Headteacher at Collingwood Primary School in North Shields. As well as a successful career in teaching and school leadership, he has developed a strong interest and expertise in how language works, authoring numerous UKLA grammar resources and publications.    Dr Crinson will talk about sharing a whole-school experience of developing a contextualised approach to the teaching of grammar. He will also discuss how to develop staff subject knowledge and ways to approach the SPaG test.  Brigid de Rivaz Brigid de Rivaz has over thirty years experience in classroom teaching and leadership in schools, as well as teacher development and school improvement in local authorities. She will present a session on exploring the use of standard English and other dialects in the context of the teaching of grammar. She will also consider ways to improve children's skills in the use of standard English and implications for teachers and teaching.  Steve Davy, The Wroxham School, Herefordshire Steve Davy teaches in Key Stage 2 at The Wroxham School, Potters Bar. He is an advocate for a 'Learning Without Limits' and providing an enriched, creative and child centered curriculum. Steve works with both schools and local authorities to promote inspiring and cross curricular approaches to the teaching of history and English grammar.  Steve will talk about techniques and mnemonics to reinforce children's grammatical knowledge.

By the end of the day, delegates will:

- Develop their knowledge of the research and evidence base around the teaching of grammar - Understand how to embed high-quality contextualised grammar teaching and learning into the writing process - Be inspired by case studies where effective grammar teaching has raised writing standards - Understand how to support colleagues to develop grammatical subject knowledge - Understand the changes in the new National Curriculum from a grammar perspective - Understand how children can excel in the SPaG test through effective contextualised grammar teaching

Who should attend this conference:

Primary school English/literacy subject leaders and teachers Cost £230   For booking details please visit the National Literacy Trust Website here