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Language and Communication use pictures and text together to get information  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


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

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1b
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP56
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Everyday situation with words and a picture

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).


See the resource sheets in 'Language for Thinking' (LfT) by Parsons and Branagan (Published by Speechmark). If using this publication, use Module 2 and the level A questions.

1. Choose a scenario picture.

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

3. Ask the child the questions verbally.

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

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

If the child finds these questions easy ("LfT level A"), 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").

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