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Language and Communication Able to turn take and interact in a group  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils respond to others in group situations, playing or working in a small group cooperatively for example taking turns appropriately.

Early years skill:Making Relationships
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Social Interaction
TAP level:TAP36
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
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
Structured snack activity

Sit 2/3 children round a table

Prepare the things to eat in advance e.g. biscuits on a plate broken into small bits and juice and mugs near to hand.

If using PECS symbols put the biscuit symbol in front of the child and help the child to put the symbol in the adult's hand.

Offer the child the plate of biscuits and support taking one piece only. Say 'Good choosing'.

Move onto next child.

Follow same routine for drinks.

Give only small portions to get the maximum number of interactions before the supply of food and drink runs out.

Keep the pace speedy during this activity so that children do not get too desperate for the food.

Use hand over hand modelling initially to support taking only one piece of biscuit and fade the prompt after a time.

Keep a watchful eye for the child taking extra turns!

Reward desired behaviour with social praise.

Shared toys

Fun toys

Sit 2/3 children in a circle with no table.

Demonstrate use of a fun toy e.g. Jack-in-a-box, spinner, pull back car, toys which squeak or feel funny!

Hand to first child for a short go.

Say '(Child's name) 's turn is finished and use 'finished' sign. Say 'Its time to share with a friend'. The child may spontaneously hand toy to a friend in the circle but will more likely need hand over hand support to pass toy on. Reward passing toy on with social praise e.g. 'Good sharing!'

Make sure each child has a turn but not necessarily in the order that they are sitting in the circle.

Choose high interest toys.

Keep the pace of the activity snappy so children don't loose interest.

Keep each child's turn short so children don't get impatient.

Banging on a drum


Sit 2/3 children in a circle with a drum on your knee.

Bang on the drum and then hold the drum out to a child and encourage them to bang on the drum. Have few short goes - you bang the child bangs , you bang the child bangs etc

Move to the next child and share turns banging as before.

If you can sing or chant while doing this the activity is more fun! E.g. '(Child's name) is banging on a drum.............(Your name) is banging on a drum.............Match the words to the activity.

Keep the activity snappy and turns short.

Use lots of social praise for behaviour you want.

Use a drum that you bang with a hand not a beater.

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