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Using Conjunctions without Fear

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This lesson looks at the various uses of conjunctions in writing; such as, to join short sentences together, to show cause and effect, to show that time has passed, to show that two things are happening at the same time and to show that something has changed. Activities include answering higher and lower order questions.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on self-assessment with a five-minute activity based on this extract.   


These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Familiar Settings lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for Using Conjunctions without Fear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said:

    Master Conjunctions with the Engaging “Using Conjunctions without Fear” Lesson

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Upper primary teachers are always looking for effective ways to teach specific literacy skills while also developing their students’ broader cognitive abilities. The “Using Conjunctions without Fear” lesson from the Familiar Settings unit does exactly that – it explores the nuanced use of conjunctions in an engaging, evidence-based manner.

    This sixth lesson in the 11-part unit dives deep into how conjunctions can enhance writing by joining sentences, showing cause/effect, indicating time passing, demonstrating simultaneous events, and signalling changes. The activities get students thinking critically by having them identify conjunctions in sample texts, rewrite passages using conjunctions, and explain their functions.

    But this resource goes beyond just teaching the mechanics of conjunctions. It intentionally develops three powerful evidence-based learning (EBL) skills:

    1. Thinking skills – The questioning sequences build both higher and lower order thinking abilities.

    2. Self-assessment – Evaluating their own work promotes metacognition and internalisation of success criteria.

    3. Independent learning – Autonomously explaining concepts reinforces knowledge and understanding.

    A focused self-assessment component coaches students on using a rubric to analyse their own responses, determine areas of strength/improvement, and gain more ownership over their learning progress.

    As a bonus, the lesson includes a 5-minute teacher CPD (continuing professional development) segment focused on the research behind effective self-assessment strategies. It guides teachers on implementing this skill to empower students and achieve “more meaningful learning.”

    With its clear instruction on an important writing element like conjunctions, combined with the integration of invaluable EBL skills and teacher professional development, the “Using Conjunctions without Fear” lesson is top-notch. It delivers a rich literacy learning experience while intentionally developing cognitive abilities.

    I give this resource a well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars. It’s an engaging, evidence-based way to explicitly teach conjunctions while building thinking skills, self-assessment abilities, and independent learning competencies. Definitely add this one to your year 5 or 6 teaching must-haves!

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Using Conjunctions without Fear - Familiar Settings (upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Using Conjunctions without Fear