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Colourful Semantics with real photos
and fun new games

Colourful Semantics

Colourful Semantics is an approach created by Alison Bryan. It is aimed at helping children to develop their grammar but it is rooted in the meaning of words (semantics).

Colourful Semantics reassembles sentences by cutting them up into their thematic roles and then colour codes them. The approach has 4 key colour-coded stages. There are further stages for adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and negatives.

  1. WHO – Orange

  2. WHAT DOING – Yellow

  3. WHAT – Green

  4. WHERE – Blue

Voca Quest - Colourful Semantics


A photo is shown and an audible question is played asking the client to identify the who, what, doing and where. Multiple answers are shown. The client should drag the answer they think is correct into the answer row.

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A list of words are shown and the client should drag these to the answer row in the correct order.

Sort / Classify

Sort / Classify activity aims to help the client recognise the different semantic elements of sentences. There is a set of cards on the screen and the task consists in dragging them to the corresponding bucket.

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Fill in the blanks

A photo is shown and a sentence with a missing word is shown. The client is tasked with typing the missing word. You can help the client type if required.

Find the words

A sentence and coloured highlighters are shown on the screen. Select a highlighter and click on a part of the text to highlight it in the correct colour. 

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Sentence builder

Using a starting verb, add more words to the sentence. Practice the sentence every time you add a new word to it. The words can be rearranged at any time. The objective is to create the longest and silliest sentence!

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