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Understanding ‘why’ questions

Why is this important?
‘Why’ questions help to develop causal relations, that is, something
happened because of something else (e.g. the boy’s feet are cold because
he has no socks). The development of verbal reasoning in this way is very
important and is a key stage in language development. It helps children
move from the concrete to the more abstract use of language and also to
reflect on the world around them.

What to do
• Look at picture books and/or read simple stories together.
• When you have finished, look through the book again and see if the child can tell you something about the pictures or what happened.
• Ask simple why questions, e.g.

‘Why was the little boy crying?’
■ ‘He fell in the mud.’

‘Why did they have to go home?’
■ ‘It was raining.’

‘Why was the dog barking?’
■ ‘The cat was stuck in the tree.’
• The child doesn’t need to respond with ‘because …’ as long as he/she
understands that the question is looking for a reason. However, for some, eliciting
‘because’ helps to unlock the rest of the sentence.
N.B. Try not to ask too many questions but allow the child to lead some of the
discussion about the story.

  • Through our Christian school and ethos, we all aim to believe in ourselves, each other, our teachers, leaders and parents. With reflection and prayer, we trust in God that our prayers will be heard. We know that every child is a child of Jesus, treating everyone with respect and dignity that they deserve.

    Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
    Matthew 7:7


  • We aim to build our pupils’ and teachers’ confidence, delight in their teaching & learning and discipline in seeking wisdom; gaining the truth, knowledge, understanding and skills they will need in their everyday lives. We offer a broad and inspiring curriculum that nurtures emotional intelligence, creativity and remembering of important knowledge. We teach and learn collaboratively leading to our pupils developing the life skills of learning.

    For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
    Proverbs 2:6


  • We aim to be the best we can be. Whilst nurturing our pupils’ and staff, we encourage and drive them to aspire to achieve their hopes and dreams. We are honest in the fact that this will take hard work, perseverance and resilience.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11


  • Above all we aim to show compassion to ourselves and each other. By developing strong relationships and friendships we develop a true understanding of each other.

    ‘Love thy neighbour…’
    Luke 10:28


  • We are a family. We show compassion for all members of our community irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. We strive to be ‘courageous advocates’ for our local, national and global community.

    There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Galatians 3:28



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