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Language and Communication Story retelling when looking at books  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Tries to retell stories when looking at books.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
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:Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Favourite book

'Wh' word retell sheet

'wh' words (who, what, when, where) on symbol cards

1. Share an attractive book with the child. Point to the pictures talk about what is happening in the picture, what the characters are doing etc

2. Let the child become very familiar with the book

3. Ask questions about the story and pictures and use one of the 'wh' word symbols to help focus the child's attention e.g. 'who is eating?' and show the 'who' symbol, or 'where is Spot hiding' and show the 'where' symbol. Help the child with model answers if needed. E.g. 'Look Spot is hiding here...under the rug.'

Shared enjoyment of a book

Use simple language

Reward all attempts to retell a story

Provide a model answer if the child is struggling.

Familiar stories

A 'wh' word retell sheet

A familiar book

1. Use the 'wh' retell sheet to recall a familiar story. The child can fill in the columns by drawing or copying phrases or writing words of his/her own to retell the story. He/she can then 'read' the story back to a peer or a parent.

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