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Embedding grammar in Key Stage 3 English schemes of work

Added 11 Aug 2017

Three videos looking at how to plan a grammar-centric scheme of work to teach both English content and language features.

Emma Sheppard started planning this way while teaching classes abroad with high numbers of EAL pupils. Her approaches are relevant for teachers in UK schools where there are EAL learners or others with low levels of literacy. 

Emma’s aim is to show pupils how to create specific effects in narrative writing. She follows a teaching and learning cycle derived from genre theory.

See also the membership resource  Learning to Write, Reading to Learn 

In the following videos, Emma shows how being explicit about embedding grammar in context can be enabling for all pupils. 

In grammar video two, Emma talks about a scheme of work for Year 7s transitioning to secondary school. It is designed to help consolidate their understanding of word classes and types of sentences, and build on the grammar they have been taught in KS2. 


In grammar video three, Emma shares two lessons planned for a higher ability Year 9 group. She demonstrates how deconstructing the specific features of an author’s style and using them as criteria for success contributes to improvements in students’ narrative writing.