Children's Speech & Language Therapy in Buckinghamshire

Building Sentences – Schools

Once children can speak in sentences, they can use language to make requests, comment, ask and answer questions, and a number of other purposes! Children’s sentences become more grammatically complex and more detailed as they are exposed to more complex language. Children will produce longer, more grammatically complex spoken sentences before they are able to produce written sentences using these grammatical structures.

The complexities of language include knowledge and skills linked to accurate use of:

  • The parts of language e.g. pronouns
  • Tense linked to their concept of time
  • Formulation of questions
  • Language purpose e.g. clarification, summary, explanation, planning, persuasion

Young people also learn to:

  • Explain the rules of grammar
  • Consider the interests of their listener
  • Use intonation to indicate meaning within a sentence or phrase

Your child will produce longer, more grammatically complex spoken sentences before he/she is able to produce written sentences using these grammatical structures. Sentence building stems from spoken communication with others for a range of purposes.

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Last updated: 30 March, 2016