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Pupils use 3 word phrases to retell a simple story

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
Retelling a story with miniature figures

(Individual work or small group work)

Small world figures or animals


(1) Use a Mum and a child figure:

'Come on 'Child's name' - its time to go to the park. Look I see the swings. I am swinging on the swings it is fun. Weeeee etc. Come on 'Child's name ' its time to go home now.

(2) Use a Mum and a child figure:

Come on 'child' name'. Lets go to the shops. We are going to buy new shoes. I like these shoes - I can run fast in these new shoes. Thanks Mum.

(3) Use two child figures:

Hello 'name of friend' lets go to the playground.

Weee I am jumping...Look I am running....I am going to catch you. Oh dear. It is dark . We must go home now.

(4) Use a Mum and a child figure:

Time for school. Hurry up 'child's name', hurry we will be late. Coat on, hat on, hold my hand . Lets walk to school. Look there is the school. Bye bye 'child's name ' Bye bye Mum.

(5) Use a Mum and a child figure:

Its dinner time 'child's name'. Come and sit down. Look here is a beef burger. Here are some chips. Yum yum this is good. I like burger and chips. Mmmm I like burger and chips too.

Use miniature figures.

Have one in each hand.

Make walking or running or jumping movements with the figures as appropriate to tell the story.

Make each figure do some very simple talking. Say the words as if the figure was really doing the talking.

Don't use 'Mum said...' Just move Mum a bit and say the words as if the toy was able to talk! Don't say, 'The dog goes woof woof' just jump the dog up and down and say woof woof.

Use the present tense.

You 'do' the story once, then ask the most able child to do the story then the next most able child etc.

Accept any attempt to retell the story. If the child needs help, tell the story a little bit for them then wait for the child to finish the story..

Give lots of praise for telling a story - in what ever way.


Make the stories very short, very simple.

Use lots of repetition.

Use stories about things the child will have had some experience of.

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