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Information Carrying Words

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Information Carrying Words


An information carrying word (ICW) is any word in a sentence that must be understood in order to follow an instruction. For example, if everyone is going out to play and the teacher holds up a child’s coat and says, “Put your coat on”, the child does not need to understand any of the words because they can see what is needed from the context.  So, given this situation ‘Put your coat on’ = 0 ICW's



There are many ways in which you can complete ICW tasks at home with your child and these will often be through everyday tasks. However, if you wish to set up something more structured you can do so using objects and there are also ICW activities that can be downloaded off the Twinkl website. Please do contact your child's class teacher if you would like specific advice relating to ICW tasks for your child.