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  • Subject index

‘This book is written in a straightforward, unfussy style directly addressed to the busy classroom. The activities have obviously been tried successfully in real lessons, and the involvement and enjoyment of the children as a result is quite clear.’-Geoff DeanSchool Improvement Advisor Milton Keynes Local Education Authority Packed with ideas and activities, this book is a lively, practical guide to encouraging young children to develop their verbal reasoning skills and communicate more effectively.Activities include:- setting up a talk corner- using story bags and story boxes- using Circle Time and playing games to encourage talkThere is advice on linking the activities to the various curriculum subjects and a selection of photocopiable material is included. All the suggestions and ideas in the book have been tried and tested by the author in her own classroom. The focus is on children aged 5 to 8, but the activities can be adapted to suit younger and older children.Class teachers, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCOs), Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) and Teaching Assistants will find this book supportive, clear and rooted in good practice. Elizabeth Sharp has been a Literacy Co-ordinator and Leading Literacy Teacher (demonstrating lessons for other teachers in her area. She is now a literacy Consultant and freelance illustrator.

Home Corners and Talk Areas
Home corners and talk areas

This chapter includes:

How to set up role-play areas for:

  • A shop
  • A castle
  • A home corner
  • Thoughts on the diversity of classroom talk
  • Opportunities for encouraging talk in areas of the curriculum such as art and history.

Traditionally called ‘home corners,’ role-play areas, as well as replicating the home environment, can be rearranged to emulate a wide range of different settings. The opportunities for talk within these areas are phenomenal and they can be used for both structured activities and free play. When children are left to play without restraints they often draw on personal experience that is important to their social and linguistic development. Imaginative play allows children to experiment with and act out life experiences ...

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