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Language and Communication Combine two key ideas or concepts  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils combine two key ideas or concepts.

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Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:16-26m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P5
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP30
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
Dressing Up

Hats and scarves and socks and shoes

  1. Play a dressing up game;
  2. Put a hat on your head and say 'look.... Mary's hat';
  3. Then let the child choose a hat and (you) say 'look.... Mohammed's hat'.
Dressing toys up

Soft toys and clothing

  1. Continue the idea above with a selection of soft toys and clothing.
  2. When a toy is dressed comment e.g. "Look... tiger's shoes".
Tidy up

As above and a tidy up bag

If the child knows colours or big/little ask him to help tidy up e.g. 'Put the red hat in the bag' and 'put the big sock in the bag'. Make him/her the teacher so that you are told what to do.


Favourite story and some toy figures or toy plastic animals from the story

  1. Share a favourite story;
  2. Take two small figures to represent characters in the story;
  3. Make the figures run/jump/talk/sleep etc like the characters in the story.
  4. Say 'Look... Goldilocks is eating... the bears are walking' and make the figures do pretend eating/ walking etc.;
  5. Give the figures to the child;
  6. Say "Make Goldilocks eat ... make the bear walk" and say "What is Goldilocks/the bear doing he/she is ......" We hope the child will say 'Goldilocks eating'.

If the child does not make a response at step 6, you could:

  • Wait;
  • Start the sentence yourself, for example "Goldilocks is...";
  • Say something wrong and see if the child corrects you, for example "Goldilocks is sleeping" (and if the child does not correct you, you can correct yourself - e.g. look confused about what you just said and then say the correct thing;
  • Continue commenting on what the characters are doing.
Tea party

Plastic tea set and food and some soft toys

  1. Set up a tea party with plastic food and toy plates and figures or soft toys.
  2. Give the child instructions such as "Give teddy an apple", "Give tiger some cake" etc.
  3. The child has a go at telling you what to do.
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