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Language and Communication Activities to encourage the use of 'first', 'next' and 'last' when describing a sequence of events.  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities will help your child to develop use of the concepts of first, next and last when describing a sequence of events.

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Early years skill:Shape, space and measure
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Shape Space and Measures
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP48
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Sequencing cards

- sets of 3 picture sequencing cards - you will need to source these.

- First, next, last symbols - click here to print.

1. Choose a set of three cards and mix them up.

2. Ask your child to sort the pictures in the order that they happened. If your child finds this hard, put them in order together. Match them to the symbols.

3. Describe what is happening in the pictures using the words first, next and last - you can point to the symbols as you say the words.

4. Encourage your child to describe what is happening using the words first, next and last.

If the child finds it difficult to remember whether to put the pictures in order from left to right, or right to left, you can draw a large arrow (→) on the sheet. Numbering the boxes 1-3 can also help.

Photo sequencing

1. Take photographs of your child carrying out different activities. Choose activities that have three steps, e.g. toothpaste on toothbrush, brush teeth, rinse mouth.

2. Print out the photos and carry out the sequencing activity as described in the activity above. Encouarge use of the words first, next and last.



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