Sentence Builders

Developed by Pip St John

Sentence Builders (PDF, will download to your computer)

Sentence builders are made for both fiction and non-fiction texts and can be a springboard for teachers to create their own. The sentence builders specifically aim to reduce the pressure on children to be able to create and construct their ideas into a written form without the worry of whether they can spell and/or recall any of the key words.

Sentence builders can support language development across the curriculum and provide and model a sentence frame on the whiteboard or a wall. Encourage learners to use the frame for speaking and in writing: e.g. to make predictions, offer cause effect statements, describe a process etc.

This file contains:

  • Tree Fu Tom sentence builder
  • Mama Panya’s Pancakes sentence builder
  • Lost and Found sentence builder
  • Handa’s Surprise sentence builder
  • Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs Y1
  • Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone Y4
  • Esio Trot sentence builder

The Sentence Builders also provides different levels of differentiation for the class teacher:

  • As a complete frame with all topic words (including lots of verbs) to support direct writing in the classroom;
  • This child-generated sentence builders can then be the scaffold for them to re-tell one (or more) sentences – again for some children this is their outcome in the classroom;
  • A further extension for the child, after oral rehearsal, is to generate a written sentence (or sentences) using their sentence builders.
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