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


Pupils listen and respond to question beginning with "why".

Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP48
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
Emotions picture cards

Picture cards with emotions

Optional - choice of pictures showing possible reasons - for example a picture of a boy who has fallen over to go with a picture of a boy who is crying.

  1. Look at an emotion picture card - discuss what is happening, for example, "Look... the boy is crying.";
  2. Ask 'Why is he crying?' and give a model answer for example "because he is sad", "because he fell over".
Why is it....

One or more pictures showing scenes - for example someone running away, a hot beach.


Pictures in a book.

Take it in turns to turn over the picture cards or to turn a page in the book and talk about the reasons for what is happening. E.g. "Why is he happy?", "Why is it hot?", "Why is she running?".


A desirable and a non-desirable toy

Two toys one desirable and one not.

  1. Offer a choice of 2 toys - one the child likes and one that you think he/she will not like.
  2. When the child takes a toy say "Why do you want this one?" Give a model answer if needed e.g. 'because I like it' or 'Its mine'.


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