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Language and Communication Responds to who questions  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils understand and use "who" questions.

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Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP42
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
Familiar picture books
  • A familiar picture book;
  • If required, a symbol card to represent 'who' (for example a question mark next to a picture of a face).
  1. Ask 'who' questions about familiar pictures in books. For example, ask 'Who is this?';
  2. Model the answer if the child has difficulty answering, for example "This is Sam". You could also use a "who" symbol card when you ask questions - pointing to it when you use the word 'who'.

Teach these concepts using repeated phrases and matching them as much as possible with the relevant symbol.

Allow thinking time.

Reward any attempts.

Photos of people

One or more of these:

  • own photos from home or school;
  • picture cards with people on.

...and if required:

  • a symbol card to represent 'who' (for example a question mark next to a picture of a face).
  1. Place the cards or photos face down;
  2. Take it in turns to turn over a card and ask each other a 'who' question. Use the symbol for 'who' if necessary.

You may need to give the child a language model before he/she can ask a 'who' question.

Who is around?

A situation where there are other people - for example in class, in the playground.

"Who" symbol card if required.

  1. Use the "who" symbol card if necessary and ask easy questions using "who" for example 'Who is your teacher ' when the teacher is near or 'Who is sitting next to you?' etc.;
  2. You could get the child to draw the classroom/playground and the people in it as you do the questions.
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