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Language and Communication Follows two related instructions  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Follows two related instructions

Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
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
Instructions in PE

PE equipment

Give sequences of one then two instructions, for example: 'Run to the post then turn around', 'Jump then run to the window', 'Throw the yellow ball', 'Jump three times then turn around'


Have a fixed set of instructions, for example turn around, throw the ball, run to the post, jump in the hoop. Let the children take it in turns to be the teacher, giving the other children the instructions. It may be useful to have picture prompts for the instructions which the children can use.

If the child gets it wrong you can:

- repeat the instruction doing the actions together;

- hold up a finger for each instruction you do to remind the child that there was more than one instruction;

- use less steps in the instruction

General class room instructions

No specific equipment

Examples: ask the child to get materials for activities you are doing; ask the child to pass you pieces of equipment (two at a time)

To help a child understand instructions in the classroom you can:

- hold up a finger for each part of the instruction

- use less steps in the instruction

- guide the child to act according to the instruction

Be careful about how much you are expecting the child to understand - use no more than two steps in the instruction.

Some situations require very little understanding of language, for example asking 'get your coat' when it's home time requires no language understanding as this what a child would normally expect to do at this time.

Barrier games

Paper, coloured pens, a barrier so that children can't see what each other is doing

Black sheet press have a range of ready made sheets for doing these activities.

Each child has an identical simple drawing, for example a picture of a house with a car outside and a couple of people. The children cannot see each others drawing. They take it in turns to tell the other child to colour something in, for example 'colour the windows red', 'colour the wheels brown' and so on. (The child needs to understand two key words for each of these instructions). After each instruction, compare the drawings to see if they are right.


Children tell each other what to draw;

You can use two sets of identical miniatures, and use instructions like 'put the man on the block and put the bike next to him'.

At first, you can start by giving the instructions.

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