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1.9 Year 1: T - sequencing sentences to form short narratives

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This resource is part of our grammar curriculum
Real Grammar
  • Covers every objective for years 1-6
  • Five-step sequence ensures deep understanding
  • Includes asssessment and revision tools

This Real Grammar resources pack provides everything that you need to successfully explore how to sequence a series of sentences to create a short story. The resources can be used with pupils in Year 1 or to revisit this learning. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to create a complete KS1 resource to teach pupils to sequence sentences to create short stories, using the traditional tale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, as a model text.

Pupils should be familiar with combining words to create sentences and how capital letters and full stops should be used to punctuate these. Year 1 Real Grammar resource packs on simple sentences and using capital letters and full stops are available to revisit these where needed.

What does sequencing mean?

To sequence something means to write it in a particular order where one item or idea logically follows another.

In Year 1, pupils need to learn how to structure a simple story by writing about a series of events in the order that they happened. This can also be used when writing simple recounts about things that have happened.

How can we help pupils in Year 1 sequence stories?

Pupils can be taught simple phrases (adverbials) to help them order events in a story, such as ‘Once upon a time ...’, ‘One day…’, ‘First…’, ‘Next…’, Then ...’ and ‘Finally ...’. These words are used in the model text and planning sheets to support pupils to retell and change a simple story.

What is included in this resource pack?

This pack is divided into five parts:


    This section includes PowerPoint teaching slides and teaching notes with an optional script to introduce how to sequence sentences to form short narratives. It can also be used to revisit this aspect of grammar with pupils.


    An independent activity for pupils to practise using what they have been taught, allowing teachers to assess understanding.


    A series of short, 10-minute activities that can be used following the TEACH session to revisit and rehearse what has been taught. These may be short writing tasks, grammar games or editing/proofreading activities.


    A short writing task where pupils can use the grammar skills taught in context to produce independent writing.


    Three SATs style test questions, including cloze activities and multiple choice quiz questions, based on the grammar that has been taught.

  • Teachers can choose which section of the resource pack to use according to their pupils’ needs and could use the activities over a series of lessons or weeks

    Teacher notes are provided to show how these quality resources could be used with pupils.

    How is this resource pack differentiated?

    The PRACTISE and REVISE sections include three activities differentiated for three levels of ability:

    • Worksheet 1 for pupils who may need support. Questions will have a lower cognitive domain (what is being asked of pupils) and/or vocabulary used may be simplified where possible.
    • Worksheet 2 for pupils working at age related expectations.
    • Worksheet 3 for pupils who may need an additional challenge and may be working at a greater depth in this area. Questions will have a higher cognitive domain with more challenging vocabulary.

    SUPPORT and CHALLENGE ideas are also included in the teacher notes of each section where relevant, with ideas of how to support pupils working towards the expected standard or at greater depth in this area.

    What pupil-facing resources are included?

    • TEACH

      PPT slides; model text ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’


      Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


      Game 1 and game 2

    • APPLY

      Planning sheet

    • REVISE

      PPT slides; Revise 1, Revise 2 and Revise 3 worksheets

    Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.

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