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 for understanding

These activity cards give you some ideas for developing understanding.  Start with the ‘1 key word’ and work your way up in line with the child’s language level. You can do the activities 1:1 or in a small group.

Talking Tips Sheet

These tips apply at home and in the classroom for all children. Follow these tips to encourage your child/children to talk more and develop their language skills.

A one-page poster – perfect as a reminder in the classroom or on the fridge!

Activity cards for expression (Early Years)

These activity cards cover a range of ideas to develop young children’s expressive language skills (their talking). You can do the activities 1:1 or in small groups or as a whole class. Group activity cards together for a talking group.

Activity cards for expression (Primary)

These activity cards cover a range of ideas to develop children’s expressive language skills (their talking). The cards are aimed at Year 1-6 pupils, but please use in line with your child’s level of talking.

You can do the activities 1:1, in small groups or as a whole class. Group activity cards together for a talking group.

Activity cards for specific times of the day

These activity cards cover different parts of the day and ideas for developing communication skills at those times.

Early Years Activities

With schools currently closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, here are some ideas for developing speech and language skills with children in Early Years (Nursery and Reception).

KS1 Activites

With schools currently closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, here are some ideas for developing speech and language skills with children in KS1 (Years 1 and 2).

KS2 Activities

With schools currently closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, here are some ideas for developing speech and language skills with children in KS2 (Years 3-6).