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Language and Communication Act out and name simple actions.  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils act out and use simple action words.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Expressive Language
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
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Lotto games

Cards of simple actions

Action lotto boards

The children have a lotto board each. You pull out a card, or have them take turns to pull out a card. If they have that action, they must say it or act it out to claim the card.

The child who fills their board first wins.

Posting games

pictures of simple actions, post box

Take a picture of an action, say or act out what it is, and post it

Give the pupil time to name the action. Help them by giving a prompt (e.g. a forced alternative, the first sound. or the word or sign to repeat)

Fishing game

pictures with paper clips attached, magnetic fishing rods, 'pond' e.g. a flat box

Put cards in the box, take turns to fish for a picture, say/sign what is fished out.

Give the pupil time to name the object. Help them by giving a prompt (e.g. a forced alternative, the first sound. or the word or sign to repeat)

'Hide the fish'

Eight picture cards, small piece of paper with a fish drawn on it

One person hides a piece of paper (with a picture of a fish on it) under one of the cards whilst everyone else has their eyes closed. The children take it turns to guess under which card the fish is hidden - they must say the names of the actions on the cards - they are not allowed to point.

Guess the mime

Picture cards of actions

Children take it in turns to take a picture of an action which they don't show to anybody. They have to mime it for others to guess.

Story books and pictures

Describe and look for actions in story books and pictures.

Do the actions

Symbols or pictures of four or six actions, such as 'jump', 'stand up', 'hand on your head', 'make a big smile'.

1. Tell the children an action to do, for example "jump" - indicate the appropriate picture or symbol as well if necessary.

2. Repeat a few times.

3. Give each child a go at being the leader - use the symbols/pictures as prompts for actions they can tell everyone to do.

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