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Language and Communication Show curiosity about book content  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils show curiosity about content (of books) at a simple level, for example they may answer basic two-key work questions about the story.

Early years skill:Reading
Early years typical range:16-26m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Curriculum level:P5
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP30
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
Sharing a book

Two attractive books - maybe pop-up or flap books.

1. Start by offering the child a choice of the 2 attractive books. Take as a choice the child reaching for a book or looking at a book. If the child needs help to choose use hand over hand modelling and take the child's hand and put it on one book and say ' You choose this one.'

2. Find a nice place to sit and open the book so the child can see the pages easily

3. Point to an object and name it - use lots of animation in your voice.

4. Direct the child attention if needed by taking their hand and pointing for them. Label what you point at.

5. Use lots of repetition when you look at a book

6. Make 'reading' sessions short but enjoyable.

The object is to develop spontaneous interest in books. The child may want only to look at one book or to look at lots in a row , all of which is fine so long as it is a shared activity.

Keep the language you use to talk about the books to 2 word phrases. E.g. 'big apple', 'red bus' etc.

Answers basic two-key word questions about the book

When the child is familiar with a book and you have looked at it a number of times start to ask questions that the child can answer because you have been talking about these pictures using repeated phrases.

E.g. say 'Find apple'. You want the child to look or point. Or say 'What's that?' You want a two-word answer e.g. 'dad's car'. If the child does not give an answer give him/her a model answer say ''s car'.Or say 'What's under the flap?' and wait for an attempted answer.

Keep language simple

Keep it fun

Keep it short.

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