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‘Big Talk’ questions will be given each week. We are sure that you will recognise that talking together is one of the most important factors in developing children’s educational abilities. Children need to hear Standard English – we as adults need to be role models for this. It is a good idea to encourage your child to give you an oral account of what they have been doing both in and out of school, and explore together good vocabulary to enhance their account.
SOME HINTS FOR ADULTS TAKING PART IN A BIG TALK FOR CONVERSATION WITH THEIR CHILDREN:
Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved in the Big Talk activity.
Make it an enjoyable activity
Switch off the television to try to ensure that this is dedicated talking and listening time.
Begin a conversation by modelling… “I think that… because …”
Ask other family members to give their ideas, opinions and reasons why.
To help develop your children’s skills, you may also use activities such as those below, asking your children to:
Listen carefully to follow a story or an account and answer questions about it.
Listen carefully and work with others to think up questions about the story.
Talk about their own experiences and those in stories.
Express preferences and likes and dislikes, giving explanations.
Actively participate in oral storytelling.
Identify and describe the main characters and setting of a story. Retell stories in different ways e.g. role-play/ dressing- up/puppets.
The children will work in their phonics groups, learning the sounds and reading and writing simple words and captions.
Some suggested activities to help support your child:
An activity has been set on Mathseeds