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Language and Communication Appropriate touch and proximity  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To be aware of where on the body it is ok to touch another person, and to recognise when it is inappropriate to touch someone.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:L2
TAP skill:Social Interaction
TAP level:TAP72
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Proximity game

Have the children stand facing each other in pairs. Tell them to walk forward until they feel they're the right distance away. Discuss how close you can be to others.

Don't let it turn into a boisterous ' bumping into each other game'


Photos of familiar people e.g. adults leading the group, class teacher/s, head teacher, all children in the group, other children from the children's class/es, etc.

photos of unfamiliar people e.g. child, baby, man, woman, police officer, shopkeeper/ market stall holder, bus driver, person at ticket booth at station etc. - from Flash-pro or internet image search

Using the pictures, have a discussion around who can you hold hands with/ cuddle and when?

Colouring activity

Outline drawing of the body e.g. from "pictures, please" or "language steps" for each child

red and green pens/pencils

Ask the children to colour different areas of the body, red for areas you can't touch another person on, green for areas that it would be ok to touch them.

It's ok if children colour different areas, as they may feel differently about being touched e.g. most girls will say they don't want to be touched on their chests, but boys may say it's ok

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