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Language and Communication Relate pictures and spoken information to the wider context  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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The child must think about what they see and relate it to the wider context to answer a verbal question.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP48
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) 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 a picture and a story

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).

Or

See the resource sheets in 'Language for Thinking' (LfT) by Parsons and Branagan (Published by Speechmark). If using this publication, use Module 1 and the level B questions. This programme has questions for a range of ability levels.

1. Choose a scenario picture.

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

3. Focus on the questions where the child must use what they can see in the picture and also some wider context to answer the questions ("LfT level B questions"). E.g. 'What will happen next?' 'How did he...?' 'What is a ....?' 'How are these the same?'

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

If the child finds these questions easy, use some 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").

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