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Jumpstart! Talk for Learning

Games and activities for ages 7-12, 1st Edition

By Lyn Dawes, John Foster


152 pages

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Jumpstart! Talk for Learning presents a collection of multi-sensory games and activities that will jumpstart children’s use of effective talk in the classroom. This book offers practical and engaging ideas ranging from brief games to extended lesson suggestions. It offers a basis for creating your own spoken language activities to match topics you are teaching and individual needs of your class.

Specifically written to help teachers with the direct teaching of talk skills required by the National Curriculum, activities in the book encourage children to:

• participate in group and class discussions

• use exploratory talk and share a range of points of view

• use talk imaginatively to develop understanding

• develop individual presentational talk

• take part in active drama sessions

Jumpstart! Talk for Learning includes a range of classroom activities that can be used in literacy lessons and integrated across the curriculum. This essential resource will help teachers develop children’s use of talk to understand one another and get things done together.


"Perfect for a staffroom library, this book offers a multitude of stimulating ideas and is bound to spark off discussion among teaching staff." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch

Table of Contents

Introduction and National Curriculum Links PART 1: Learning through talk 1. Talking and learning 2. Listening and Learning 3. Developing spoken language skills; assessment and progression PART 2: Curriculum Activities and Games 4. Opinions, Argument and Persuasion 5. Plenty to Talk About: Descriptions, Recounting, Reporting, Instructing, Informing, and Explaining 6. Talk across the Curriculum 7. Talk about Stories, Poems, Drama and Improvisation 8. Summary and Links

About the Authors

Lyn Dawes is a consultant in Spoken Language in the Primary Years, previously Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton, UK and visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, UK.

John Foster taught English for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. He has written over 100 books for classroom use and is a highly regarded children’s poet.

About the Series


The Jumpstart! books contain ‘quick-figure' ideas that could be used as warm-ups and starter exercises; as well as extended into lessons. Each book has more than 50 inspiring games and activities for Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 classrooms. Practical, easy-to-do, and entertaining, the ‘jumpstarts’ will appeal to busy teachers in any primary school.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary