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Language and Communication predict infer and analyse from pictures and text  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child must use problem solving, prediction, inference and analysis to answer a verbal question on a picture and text.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L2c
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP64
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
Everyday situation with words and a picture

A picture of an everyday event, or social setting e.g. crossing the road, or going to the cinema.

A story to go with the picture (no more than 5 or 6 sentences).


See the resource sheets in 'Language for Thinking' (LfT) by Parsons and Branagan (Published by Speechmark). If using this publication, use Module 3 and the level C questions. This programme has questions for a range of ability levels.

1. Choose a scenario picture.

2. Show the children the picture and let them read the story.

3. Ask the child the questions verbally.

4. Focus on questions that require more working out and understanding of the context, e.g. 'What will happen if he...?' 'Why is it made of that?' 'If you were X, what would you say / do?' 'Why can't he?' (LfT level C questions).

Use some simpler questions to start with. (LfT level A and B if you are using the Language for Thinking book).

If a child gives a short answer, prompt them to expand it.

If the child finds these questions easy, move on to having them read the story without looking at the picture. Go back to using simpler questions and move up through question levels again. (LfT Module 3).


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