Blank levels of questioning

Marion Blank described four levels of understanding that children move through. Level 1 is the most concrete, moving up to Level 4, which is the most abstract. Children’s understanding develops following this order. This poster describes the four levels and you can use it at home or in the classroom to help ask questions at the right level for your child.

Superwords A6 cards

Superwords can be used to help children learn new vocabulary. To learn a new word you have to store information about the meaning of the word and the structure of the word. These cards have three superheroes on them. Choose a word and ask the child to say something about the sound (structure), the meaning and then put the word into a sentence. The questions on the arms and legs of the superheroes can be used to help the child think of information.

Superwords A4 cards

Superwords can be used to help children learn new vocabulary. To learn a new word you have to store information about the meaning of the word and the structure of the word. These cards have three superheroes on them. Choose a word and ask the child to say something about the sound (structure), the meaning and then put the word into a sentence. The questions on the arms and legs of the superheroes can be used to help the child think of information.

These Superwords Superheroes cards are in A4 size. Perfect for on the wall in the classroom!

Activity cards

These activity cards cover a range of areas to develop children’s language and communication skills. The activities can be done with children individually or in small groups and should take less than 5 minutes for each activity. Areas covered: understanding, expressive language (nursery), expressive language (primary), specific times of the day.