Roving Reporter: Speaking Skills

Questions & Stories

When providing our listener with a clear, spoken message, we are often giving information that answers: “Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How?”.

So often when it is difficult to follow what a child is trying to tell you, they are actually leaving out a key piece of information and this is why you are somewhat bamboozled.

By learning how to ask others these questions, children will learn the important information to include when relaying an event or story.

This activity also practises structuring questions correctly – getting the word order right when asking a question can be a little tricky.

Set Up & Game Play

microphone-262092_1280Tell your child that the story is going to be reported on the television news and they have to be the reporter. You assume the role of a story book character.

Your child must interview the character by asking questions. They choose a card (e.g. “Who?”) and ask a you a question.

If you are feeling adventurous, video the interview ready for the ‘news’ and play back on the TV. It’s great for children to listen back to their own speech.


  1. If your child has trouble getting the word order correct for asking a question, use the coloured card strategy from week 25 that was demonstrated in How, What, When, Where, Why & Who?
  2. Vary the number of question cards that you use – you don’t have to use them all at once.
  3. Do in small groups – “over to our sports reporter, foreign correspondent etc.”

Also Works On: Attention & Listening, Problem Solving and Reasoning, Reading Skills,  Working Memory.


Activity Materials


You Will Need...

  1. A toy microphone or a paper towel roll
  2. A familiar story book
  3. Question cards from week 25 (supplied again below) – How, What, Why, When, Where, Why And Who