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‘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.

Debating and Questioning
Debating and questioning

This chapter includes:

  • Games and activities that require the use of both open and closed questions
  • Ideas for questions across the curriculum
  • Two different ways of organising debates.

The role of questioning is a vital one in helping children to learn. Not only does it help children to think carefully and become independent learners but it is also important in providing teachers with opportunities to assess children's understanding and their way of thinking. Questions are usually referred to as being either ‘open’ or ‘closed’. An open question is one that requires children to reflect and think about the answer, whereas a closed question often can be answered in one or two words such as ‘Green’ in answer to ‘What colour is ...

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