Developed by Pip St JohnSentence 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.