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Answers simple questions

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Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP36
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Sharing a familiar book

e.g. a pop-up or a picture book

When the child is familiar with a book and the possible answers to likely questions point to pictures and ask questions using a short phrase e.g. 'Where's Spot?', 'Who's that?', What's that?'. You want a two word answer e.g. 'under bed' etc.

If possible work in a comfortable place so that the child associates this activity as relaxing and fun

Remember to allow processing time for the child to answer questions.

Only ask questions you know the child can answer or the experience is stressful for the child and the child may refuse to cooperate.

Digital photos of school life

Digital camera

Book of photos taken at school

If a digital camera is not available use ordinary cameras and photos.

Take photos of the child and an adult and a peer each

- Wearing a hat

- Jumping in the playground

- Having a drink

- Colouring a picture


Stick into a scrapbook.

Share the book with the child. Comment using two word phrases e.g. 'Mohammed's hat', 'Mary's hat'.

Ask 'Where is Mohammed's hat 'etc

Ask 'Who's got the big hat?'

Ask 'What's that?' and point to an item in the photo or book.

If you are using an ordinary camera for the photos you may need to keep a written record of photos taken. It is easy to muddle up what you have already photographed and what you want to photograph!

Home corner play

Dressing up cloths

Cooking toys


Tea set

Let the child play in the home corner. Watch and after a while join in, following child's type of play. As you join in comment on the play e.g. 'Look...........dolly's drinking', 'Mohammed is cooking'. When the child is familiar with the activity ask some questions e.g. 'Who is drinking?' 'What are you cooking?', 'Where is the pot?'

You are looking for 2 word answers. If it is difficult for the child to answer your questions to start with provide a language model for the child to copy - e.g. 'Who is cooking? Yes............Mohammed's cooking' or 'What is dolly doing? 'Yes..........Dolly's drinking'.

Remember to give lots of processing time to answer questions - and only to ask questions the child can answer!

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