The National Curriculum for English recognises the important role good language skills play in the development of reading and writing. As pupils progress through the higher key stages, the receptive and expressive language demands required of them significantly increase. They are expected to participate in verbal reasoning and problem solving tasks which require advanced language and thinking skills, well beyond simple cause and effect. These include predicting, hypothesising, explaining, and comparing.
It is therefore, inevitable that, pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties are often disadvantaged in their acquisition of literacy skills.
Snowling and Hulme ( 2011) explored different approaches to improving reading comprehension, and proved that direct work on language skills is effective.
International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders ” Interventions for children’s language and literacy difficulties” Volume 47 Pages 27-34 October 2011.
Explain, Predict and Imagine provides opportunities for children at Key Stage 2 and beyond, to develop their verbal reasoning skills using an attractive set of illustrations depicting a complex situation or dilemma. Each illustration is accompanied by a set of questions which requires the child to explain what is happening, predict outcomes and to use their imagination.
Ideal for one to one or small group work, this resource also includes sample cloze activities for pupils to record the narrative they have attached to the picture.
Age range: KS2 and beyond.
Format: PDF file, 44 A4 pages, inc. black and white alternative pictures (33 pages of instructions, sample cloze activity sheets and ten coloured A4 scenario pictures). Available by download, 20 MB or on CD.