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Language and Communication Use picture and verbal information to answer questions  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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The child must think about what they see and look carefully for the answer to a verbal question.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP42
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; 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
Everyday situation with a picture and a story

A picture of an everyday event, or social setting e.g. crossing the road, or going to the cinema.

A story to go with the picture (no more than 5 or 6 sentences).

Or

See the resource sheets in 'Language for Thinking' (LfT) by Parsons and Branagan (Published by Speechmark). If using this publication, use Module 1 and level A questions. This programme has questions for a range of ability levels.

1. Choose a scenario picture.

2. Show the children the picture and read the story to them.

3. Focus on questions where the child looks for the answer in the picture and just uses a little background knowledge. E.g. 'Find one that is....', 'When did...', 'What does this do?' 'What else is an X? etc.

If a child gives a short answer, prompt them to expand it.

If the child finds these questions easy, use some questions that require more working out and understanding of the context e.g. 'What will happen next?' 'How else could he do it? ("LfT level B" questions if you are using this publication).

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