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Acknowledging the important role that personal, written, oral and digital stories play in all our lives. They support both the production and comprehension of narratives through active processes, especially play.

'Narrative' unpacked

Teachers may:

Children may:

  • share their experiences, modelling personal oral narratives

  • include opportunities for children to produce and comprehend personal written, oral and digital stories

  • read, recite and retell literature to children as an everyday, pleasurable, shared experience

  • encourage children to share their experiences through personal narratives.

  • share their experiences, developing personal oral narratives

  • explore links between prior and current learning by asking questions, listening, and talking to peers and their teacher

  • engage with a variety a texts, as an everyday, pleasurable, shared experience with their peers and teacher

  • explore, comprehend and create multi-modal texts.

"Learning and memory benefit when the teacher adopts an elaborative conversational style, amplifying and evaluating what the child says. This elaboration helps children to make sense of temporal and causal aspects of their experiences".

To find out more read the Age-appropriate pedagogies for the early years of schooling: Foundation paper pdf version Adobe PDF document1.3M - word version. Microsoft® Word document 88K

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This page was last reviewed on 22 Jul 2016

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