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Ah said stork – one to one reading

In this clip we can observe how a practitioner lays firm foundations for early literacy and communication skills, during  1-2-1 story time with a 4 year old, in an EY setting. Observe how the practitioner animates the story in such a way that the child remains fully engaged in the activity whilst she introduces concepts that involve critical thinking. This is an example of  adult-child verbal interaction that supports and promotes the development of speech, language and communication and mathematical thinking.

Good for looking at:

  • development of speech and language
  • early literacy skills
  • maths - sizes, amounts and counting
  • quality child-adult interactions
  • enjoyment of books and story time
  • development of critical thinking skills


  • What cues can you see that show what the child is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How is the child learning?
  • Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • How is the adult supporting the child’s learning?