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Examples of questions at Blank Level 2 – Describing

What are Blank Levels?

Your child is learning to apply naming and describing vocabulary to things in their environment and to answer simple wh- questions, such as who, what, where, why and when. Below are examples of questions at this level. Try to match your questions to what your child is doing.


Widgit of home corner

Home corner

  • What do we cut with?
  • What other food can we have to eat? (objects in sight)
  • Find me a big plate
  • Teddy is eating cake and dolly is eating strawberries. Who is eating cake?
Widgit of water play

Water play

  • Show me something we can use to catch the fish?
  • What other animals live in the water (objects in sight)
  • Find me a red fish
  • The fish is swimming under the boat. Where is the fish?
Widgit of snack time

Snack time

  • What do we use to cut the apple?
  • Name some other fruit we have for snack (objects in sight)
  • Milk comes from cows. Where does milk come from?
  • What shape is your plate?
Widgit of farm


  • Find me something that the farmer drives
  • Name me some other farm animals (objects in sight)
  • The cows are eating grass and the pig is asleep. Who is sleeping? What are the cows doing?
  • Find me the big horse
Widgit of playground

Outside play

  • Where is the big ball?
  • What other toys can we play with? (objects in sight)
  • Find me 2 hoops
  • What is happening?
Widgit of playdough


  • Which one can we use for rolling out the playdough?
  • What are you making?
  • Find me a star shaped cutter
  • Name me some more shapes (objects in sight)
Widgit of sandpit


  • What are you making?
  • Find me something we can use for digging
  • Find me the little bucket
  • The crab is hiding under the sand and the starfish is in the bucket. Where is the crab?
Widgit of story


  • Who is it?
  • What is that?
  • Where are they?
  • What is happening?
Widgit of dollhouse

Dolls house

  • What do we use a chair for?
  • We sleep in a…
  • Mum is cooking tea and the boy is in his bedroom playing. What is mum doing? Where is the boy? Who is cooking?
  • What is happening?
Widgit of garage

Car mat and garage

  • Find the red car
  • The car is going to the garage to get some petrol. What is the car doing?
  • What is happening?
  • What else has wheels? (objects in sight)
Widgit of literacy

Literacy or English literature

  • Answer who, what, where, questions about information that has just been given, shown or read. This requires recall.
  • Identify properties or attributes such as ‘who is kind or mean or generous or ugly or beautiful?’, or a plot that is exciting, boring, and so on.
  • Categorise examples such as ‘name another character in the story or scene’, or show a picture of groceries, ‘what fruits can you see?’, or ask what settings are used
  • Give another example, such as ‘yes, Bill is a character. What other character are in the film or book?’


  • Identify by properties or attributes such as more than, the least, the total, first, last, heaviest, lightest, smallest
  • Categorise examples such as types of triangles
  • Name other shapes in the same category such as types of triangle, and 4 sided shapes
Widgit of science


  • Identify by properties or attributes such as ‘which material is flexible or ridged?’ ‘which is acid which is alkali?’ ‘which is a conductor or insulator?’
  • Categorise items such as ‘yes, a whale is a mammal, what other mammal can you think of?’
  • Identify items by a description of their function such as ‘what pumps blood in the body?’, ‘which could you use to make clothes?’, ‘ what is used to heat up the contents of a test tube?’. Try this first where the items or pictures of the items are in front of your child, in later lessons, try this where the items are not visible.
  • Describe what is happening such as ‘what happens to the shadow?’
Widgit of technology

Design and technology

  • Identify items by a description of their function. Try this where the equipment is in front of your child, in later lessons try this where the things are not visible.
  • Categorise items of equipment such as that cut, stick, clamp, or secure materials.
  • Give another example within the category such as other things that could be used to cut a particular kind of material.
Widgit of geography


  • Identify by properties or attributes such as ‘look at the map and show me a red or yellow road’, ‘ how is a church drawn on a map?’, or how does a map show hills, rainfall, temperatures and so on.
  • Categorise items such as ‘find all the rivers, write down their names’, ‘what do you think these brown shapes are?’ list rivers or countries that are part of Europe.
  • Explain what is happening such as ‘what is happening?’, or ‘what can you see in the picture?’
  • Identify what other items might fit the same category, such as ‘what other colours are used to show a road?’, other mountainous regions or areas with similar rainfall level
Widgit of history


  • Answer who, what, where questions about information that has just been given, shown or read. This requires recall.
  • Identify by properties or attributes such as ‘which picture shows wealth, poverty, peace or wartime?’, or ‘show me the big ship’
  • Categorise examples such as ’causes of this event’, ‘what were the 3 main aims of this event’
  • Give another example

For more information please contact the Speech and Language Therapy Service at Flockton House.

Telephone: 0114 226 2333
Email: scn-tr.slt-sheffield@nhs.net

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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