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Language and Communication understand why questions in context and respond  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child will understand a 'why?' question in a real life context and respond using 'because, to, for' etc with support.

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Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Scientific Enquiry
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP60
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section: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
The Disastrous Day

A Playmobil figure or similar

Small world objects - some of them broken

1. Explain that you are going to tell a story about the toy.

2. Tell a story about what the toy does in the day. Lots of things go wrong because the objects are broken e.g. 'want to go to work in the car but it won't move.'

3. Whenever there is a problem for the toy, ask the child 'why?' e.g. 'why won't the car move?' Answer: 'because there is no wheel!'

Give the child a turn at telling the story too.

Freddy's Travels

A toy character (called Freddy)

Pictures of different locations, e.g. beach, mountains

One or two items which go with each location e.g. bucket and swimming costume for the beach

Animal Adventure

Pictures of different locations with different 'hazards' or things of interest e.g. a jungle with a river and dinosaurs

Two toy animals (wind up toys are ideal)

Use your imagination!

Problem solving

Equipment to demonstrate an everyday problem and discuss it.

Some examples of equipment you could use:

Torch or toy with no batteries;

Cup with a hole in it;

Dry pasta;

Pen with no nib and in;

Broken pencil;

Dry pen with no lid.

You will need to think of a problem in advance - see the list in the materials column.

This activity is ideal to do throughout the child's day, whenever there is a problem to be solved!

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