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Language and Communication Activities to develop understanding of the concepts noisy and quiet  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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These activities will help your child develop understanding of the concepts noisy and quiet.

These concepts can be important when your child is working on developing different speech sounds and developing awareness of the environment around them.

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Early years skill:Exploring and using media and materials
Early years typical range:16-26m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:P5
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP30
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Language comprehension
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Standard 2
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
Musical Instruments

1. Each person chooses a musical instrument.

2. If you wish, you can use symbols alongside the words you use. Talk about noisy sounds and quiet sounds. Practice making these with your musical instrument.

3. Swap musical instruments and make noisy/quiet sounds again.

4. Play a game where you take turns at being the conductor and give the instructions of noisy or quiet for the others to follow.

If your child is finding it challenging to grasp the difference between noisy and quiet. Choose one concept first, e.g. noisy, and use 'not noisy' as the alternative. Once you are confident that your child understands this concept you can start to teach the concept of quiet.

Listening Walk

- optional camera to take photographs

- piece of paper and pencil

- optional noisy/quiet symbols

 

1. Go on a listening walk - this could be outside, inside or both.

2. Listen for the sounds you can hear and record them. THe adult could write them down, you could draw a picture or take a photograph.

3. Once you have a collection of noises that you heard, sort them into noisy/quiet piles. You could use the picture symbols to help you sort.

If your child is finding it challenging to grasp the difference between noisy and quiet. Choose one concept first, e.g. noisy, and use 'not noisy' as the alternative. Once you are confident that your child understands this concept you can start to teach the concept of quiet.

Noisy/quiet sorting game

1. Cut out the symbols and smaller pictures.

2. Place the symbols on the table, and pile the pictures up face down.

3. Take turns at choosing a picture and talking about what sound is made and whether it is noisy or quiet.

4. Place the picture on the appropriate symbol. 

5. To extend the game, you could draw or take pictures of other noisy/quiet sounds you hear and add them to the game. 

If your child is finding it challenging to grasp the difference between noisy and quiet. Choose one concept first, e.g. noisy, and use 'not noisy' as the alternative. Once you are confident that your child understands this concept you can start to teach the concept of quiet.

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