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Lesson 5: Fronting and Modifiers Key Stage 3: English

'Mending a Broken Leg'

This lesson is extremely helpful in the teaching of some difficult grammatical terms.

Pupils can not only hear the dramatic extract but also have the opportunity to work in pairs to rehearse the language that might have been used by the radio doctor and the patient. There is a very real context here for the use of specific grammar techniques.

Prepare to get technical!

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Purpose of study:

To write a dramatic incident, using the Peter Clarkson clip on 'Mending a Broken Leg'.

National Curriculum Aims / Attainment Targets Activity focus


  • Key Stage 3 Creative Writing (stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing) and the grammatical terms in the Key Stage 3 programme of study – Fronting and Modifiers.
  • 'amending the vocabulary, grammar and structure of their writing to improve its coherence and overall effectiveness'.
  • Write dramatically using two different registers.