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Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1-L5
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP55-72
Phonology/Articulation:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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This page was originally created for/by the following organisation: Barts Health NHS Trust (Tower Hamlets) Speech and Language Therapy for Children.
Name of activity/materials Instructions Comments

Create the story

  • A picture/scene - e.g. from a newspaper or elsewhere - with something happening in it which could give inspiration for the story.
  • Paper and pens/pencils.
  1. Divide the children into pairs;
  2. Give each pair a copy of the same picture;
  3. Each pair should write sentences - or draw pictures - to describe the picture, including who is in the picture, what else is in the picture, where they are, what the weather is like and so on;
  4. After a few minutes, each pair passes their paper to the pair on the left;
  5. Each pair looks through what is already on the paper they just received. From this they should think of a problem (for example - 'the children want to go swimming, but they had heard there might be sharks in the water'). They should write (or draw) this;
  6. Each pair passes their paper to the pair on their left;
  7. The new pair should read through the paper they just received, and think of a solution to the problem that the previous pair had put down (e.g. 'they decided to go and swim in a swimming pool instead');
  8. Pass the papers to the left once more. Each pair should think of a title for the story on their paper.

This activity is most suitable for 6 - 10 children in a group.

Encourage the children to accept the ideas of their partners and to build on them - rather than dismissing them.

 Telling back the story

  • The stories created from the previous activity;
  • Cards with a picture symbol on - either showing 'speaker' or 'listener', (3 'speakers' and 3 'listeners' if you have six children).
  1. Using the same pairs of children as in the last activity, for each pair, choose one child to be a speaker and another child a listener (you could give each a speaker or listener card as appropriate);
  2. The children who are 'speakers', should stand up - with their story - and move round one to their left - so they now have a new partner;
  3. They should tell the story on their sheet to the new partner;
  4. The children who just listened to the stories should now tell the story back to the whole group (without using the story sheet).

This is an exercise in both speaking and listening, and remembering detail.

If a child finds it difficult to remember their story, you could prompt them with their story sheet.

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