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Language and Communication identify and discuss errors made by others  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To identify and discuss errors in descriptions, to recognise when a familiar adult has made an error and correct them.

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Early years skill:Making Relationships
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Social Interaction
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
What's wrong pictures

What's wrong pictures (e.g. LDA, Colorcards)

Pen and paper

1. Choose a picture (or let the child choose one). Both people look at it. Take it in turns to describe the picture and say how it should look. Make sure you have a new picture to describe each time.

2. Take it in turns to choose a picture, which you keep hidden from the other person. Describe the picture while the other person tries to draw it based on your description. Compare the drawing to the original picture and say how the picture should look. If the drawing does not look very much like the picture, say why this went wrong.

Did I get it right?

Large composite pictures (e.g. "passages a decouvrir").

Score sheet (2 columns - one with your name at the top, the other with the child's)


1. Explain to the child that they have to listen carefully and say whether you are getting what you say right.

2. Take it in turns to describe something in the picture (e.g. "I can see a boy on a blue bike").

3. The other person decides whether the description is correct. Use the score sheet to keep a check of who gave correct descriptions. If the description is right, give that person a tick. If it is wrong, give them a cross.

4. You should make some deliberate errors. When you do this, encourage the child to correct you and say what you should have said (e.g., "the boy's bike isn't blue, it's red").

Some children find it extremely difficult to correct adults, even if the adult's mistake means the child gets something wrong (for example colouring a banana blue because the adult passed the wrong pen). You may need to reassure the child that it's ok to correct you.

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