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A class of five year olds are listening to a story with the teacher. They have just come in from playing outside after a sudden downpour of rain. They talk about what's happening in the story and make links with their experience of the real world.

Good for looking at

  • Listening
  • Communication
  • Understanding the world
  • Sustained shared thinking
  • Adult led activity
  • Effective practice

A class of five year olds are listening to a story with the teacher. Previously they were all playing outside when there was a sudden down pour. They talk about what’s happening in the story.


  • How are the children learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the children’s learning?
  • What is valuable about the choice of book as a learning resource?


What are your thoughts about:

  • How the children were communicating and what they understand?
  • How the children are learning during story time?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did she support the children?
  • The value of story time?
  • How effective was the chosen story?


What would you do to:

  • Support the children’s enquiries about the the world and how it works?
  • Use the children’s interest in certain parts of the story to continue investigating in the classroom?

What next:

  • Do you need to make more time for story telling in your setting? How do you make sure all of the children are engaged in the story if you have a large group? How do you change your style of story telling depending on the age of your children?