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Language and Communication able to join in action songs with a group of children  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Child imitates or spontaneously uses a range of actions in familiar songs alongside peers during song time.

Early years skill:Personal, Social and Emotional
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Social Skills
TAP level:TAP24
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Old MacDonald

Pictures of animals

A good singing voice!!

Children sit in a circle and start to sing. After, "and on that farm he had a......" a child is chosen to choose a picture and sign the animal.

Group continues to sing.

Next verse a different child chooses an animal

Always encourage the child to sign the animal name alongside the other children.

Ask the child "What's that?" when they choose the animal picture so the child is given an opportunity to spontaneously sign the animal.

Wheels on the bus

Card with prompts for actions (optional)

Child can point to the card or do an action to indicate which verse to sing next.

Give choices, "Shall we sing wipers or wheels next?" etc.

If you're happy and you know it

Card with prompts for actions: clap/stamp etc. (optional)

Child can point to the card or do an action to indicate which verse to sing next.

Give choices, "Shall we clap or stamp next?" etc.


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