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Writing Scheme

Alan Peat Sentence Types

At Holborough Lakes we use 'exciting sentence structures' by Alan Peat to improve the Teaching and Learning of grammar and punctuation. These sentence types encourage the children to explore a range of punctuation and write in a variety of ways. Many of the sentence types can be applied to non-fiction and narrative writing as well as poetry.

By the end of Year 6 children should be using more than 20 differnt types of sentence structure that match the demands of the National Curriculum.

For more information on the Alan Peat sheme, please click HERE


Year Group Sentence Type Example Rule
Year 1 All the W's

Would there ever be another opportunity like this?

Who would like to be next?

What if you had all of the money in the world?

Why do leopards have spots?

Short sentences must strat with W words.

Who?, What?, Where?, When? Why? Would? Was?

Year 2

1AD Sentences

2AD Sentences (for HA writers)

He was a tall man with a crumpled jacket

He was a tall, awkward man with an old, crumpled jacket

A 1AD sentence has one adjective before the first noun and one adjective before the second noun

A 2AD sentence has two adjectives before the first noun and two adjectives before the second noun

Year 3



-ing, -ed.


Doubly-ly ending

As the rain came down heavily, the children ran for shelter

Walking in the bush, she stopped at the sight of a crocodile facing her.

He rode determinedly and swiftly.

The sentence must end in two adverbs which add detail to and describe how the verb
Year 4

2AD Sentences




Verb, person


He was a tall man with a crumpled jacket

Desperate, she screamed for help.

Skipping, Kate tripped over her feet

If the alarm had gone off, if the bus had been on time, if the roadworks had finished, then she might have got there on time

A 2AD sentence has two adjectives before the first noun and two adjectives before the second noun.

Emotion first followed by the actions that are caused by the emotion. Putting the word first gives more weight to the emotion.

A sentence starts with a verb to give it more importance.

Summarising a plot in groups of three.

Year 5


Noun,which,who where

3 bad -(dash) question?

Confused, troubled, dazed, she didn't know what had happened

Sweets,which taste delicious, are not so good for your teeth

Greed, jealousy, hatred - which of these is most evil?

Starts with three adjectives that end in -ed and decribe emotions.

Use commas to embed a clause in a sentence.

Three negatives follwoed by a dash, then a question.

Year 6

De:De Sentence


I was exhausted: I hadn't slept for days

Our 'luxury' hotel turned out to be a farm building

Two independent clauses that make sense on their own, seperated by a colon.

Deliberately overstating how good or bad something is.