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Story time – Ah said stork – maths

In this clip we can observe how a practitioner lays firm foundations for early literacy and communication skills, with a group of 3-5 year olds, in an EY setting, during a story time session. Observe how the practitioner animates the story in such a way that the children remain fully engaged in the activity whilst she introduces concepts that involve critical thinking. This is an excellent example of high-quality, adult-child verbal interactions that supports and promotes the development of speech, language and communication.

Good for looking at:

  • development of speech and language
  • early literacy skills
  • mathematical development
  • quality child-adult interactions
  • enjoyment of books and story time
  • development of critical thinking skills


  • What cues can you see that show what the children are interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the children are learning?
  • Which areas of  development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the children’s learning?
  • How does the choice of picture book support the children’s mathematical learning?