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8.8

Understanding question words using stories


Why is this important?
Children need to be able to process a variety of question words in a range of
different situations. Questions are a way of finding out what children
know/can remember about an activity/event, etc. and also a means of
encouraging reflection and thinking skills.

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What to do
• Read a simple story together. Choose favourite books, about animals
perhaps, or favourite characters
(e.g. ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’).*
• Ask questions about the story (e.g. for ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’,
ask:

‘Where did the dwarves go to work?’
‘What were the dwarves digging for?’
‘Why did Snow White go to sleep?’
‘Who gave Snow White the
poisonous apple?’

‘How did the dwarves feel when Snow White went to sleep?’)
• If the child doesn’t answer or answers inappropriately, try:

Offering a choice of answers (e.g. ‘Where did the dwarves go to work?
Was it in a shop or down the mine?’).

Re-read part of the story where the answer is and then repeat the question.

FAITH
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WISDOM
  • WISDOM

ASPIRATION
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COMMUNITY
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COMPASSION
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