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For the child to think about what they see and read and relate it to the wider context in order to answer verbal questions.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1a
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP60
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) 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 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 (1) the level A questions then (2) the level B questions. This programme has questions for a range of ability levels.

1. Choose a scenario picture.

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

3. Ask the child questions verbally focusing on questions where the child must use what they can see in the picture and also some wider context to answer the questions; for example: 'What will happen next?' 'How did he...?' 'What is a ....?' 'How are these the same?' ("LfT level B" questions).

Use simpler questions to start with (e.g. the "Language for Thinking" level A questions if this publication is being used).

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

If the child finds the questions in step 3 easy ("LfT level B"), use some questions that require more working out and understanding of the context, e.g. 'What will happen if he...?' 'Why is it made of that?' 'If you were X, what would you say / do?' 'Why can't he?' (LfT level C questions).

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