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Language and Communication Contribute information appropriately in one to one or in small groups  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To contribute appropriately one-to-one and in familiar small groups, keeping to the group topic.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP42
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
Dice Games

A selection of pictures of different items, stuck on card

A large dice

Play in a small group of children.

Each child takes a turn to pick a card. S/he rolls the dice, and then tells the group as many points about his/her picture as the number on the dice. (e.g. if s/he has a picture of a train and rolls a 3, s/he tells the group 3 things about a train)

Choose items of interest to the children.

Instead of talking about a picture, the children can talk about themselves, or each other, or things they did yesterday.

'Who am I?' game

Strips of paper/card to make headbands

Sticky tape


Pictures of clothes, animals and toys / furniture stuck on card

Play in a small group of children

Each person has a headband, and a picture card is stuck in the front. The person cannot see their own card, but can see everyone else's cards.

Explain that each person has a turn to ask questions to find out what their picture is. They can only ask yes/no questions, unless they ask 'Give me a clue'. The group cannot tell the person what their picture is! (ie can't say 'You are a lion!)

You may need to help the children think about the questions they ask, so that they don't just guess at what they are. E.g. have a photocopied sheet of all the pictures, put into their groups - clothes, animals and toys. Prompt the children to ask first e.g. 'am I an animal?'

If you want to make it harder, you can put a limit on the number of questions each child can ask.

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