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Language and Communication make predictions in simple stories and situations  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child will be able to say what will happen next and what could happen in a given situation.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1a
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP60
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Sequencing pictures

Sets of sequencing pictures;

Question mark card (optional).

1. Put the pictures in order so that you can easily show them to the child one at a time;

2. Show the child the first picture in the sequence;

3. Ask them to tell you what's happening in the picture;

4. Then ask them to imagine what might happen next. To show this visually, put a card with a large question mark on it to the right of the picture;

5. When the child has suggested a sensible thing that might happen next, show them the next card in the sequence;

6. If there are differences between what the card shows and the child's suggestion, discuss why this might be;

7. Repeat for all the cards in the sequence.

When working with sequencing pictures, always work from left to right, and top to bottom, as this mirrors the direction we use when writing English.

Choose your set of pictures carefully - you need sets that show a specific event happening (such as a car driving over a broken bottle and getting a flat tyre) rather than a sequence that develops over an extended time span (e.g. a child growing up, or the changes that happen to a tree during the different seasons).

Story books

Story books

1. Choose a story book that is at an appropriate level and that has a story the child is not familiar with;

2. Read the child the first 1-2 pages, (or let them look at the pictures at the start of the book);

3. Ask the child to say what they think will happen next;

4. Read the next part of the story (or show the next picture);

5. Continue to the end of the book.

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