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Drawing Giants – ELGs

A small group of children are sat round a table with an adult. They are each drawing a giant and chatting as a group about what they are drawing.

Good for looking at

  • Communication and language
  • Small group communicating
  • Imagination
  • Creative ideas

This is a small group discussion and development of a story – the children are exploring the concept of ‘giants’.


  • how the children are making use of story book language and imaginative ideas to describe what they are doing


Refer back to the ELGs for Language and Communication.

  • The children that we hear speaking are working within the ELGs. How do you know?  What are they demonstrating?
  • What has fed into this achievement?
  • What does the adult do?
  • Which other Early Learning Goals are being demonstrated here?

Communication and language

Listening attention and understanding

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions;
  • Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding;
  • Hold conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.


Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary;
  • Offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate;
  • Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present, and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.