Safeguarding Notice

Harwood Park Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have any concerns regarding the safeguarding of any of our pupils please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads: Mrs Davies or Miss Webb.

For more information please see the safeguarding section of our website under Key Information > Safeguarding.

School Logo

Harwood Park Primary School

Aspire To Succeed

Get in touch


Making inferences using idioms

Why is this important?
Inferencing is a key strand in the development of language understanding. Idioms are a more advanced form of non-literal abstract language processing. Linking them together increases the complexity of linguistic understanding required. However, without understanding this level of language complexity, children find it difficult to get beyond the literal interpretation.

What to do

  • Act out a little story from pictures (e.g. missing the bus, dropping the eggs out of the shopping basket – how do people feel?).
  • Use a picture which includes inference and idiom (e.g. ‘Farida is in bed – how does she feel?’, ‘Farida has a frog in her throat. Is it true that Farida has a frog in her throat?’).
  • If the child says ‘yes’ discuss what the idiom actually means.
  • If the child says ‘no’, ask ‘So why is Farida saying this?’
  • List Of Idioms