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Language and Communication Make phrases in past tense  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Makes statements or phrases in the past tense

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
What have you done today?

Paper, pens or pencil (for adult only)

1. Go round each person in the group including the adults asking them for two things they have already done that day;

2. For each person write their name on the sheet and a key word for each activity they have done along with a very rough picture to help the children remember what each person did;

3. Each person then takes it in turns to recall what one other person has done today - using the pictures to help them to remember.

If a child does not use a correct past tense, for example "Terry do writing", just feed back the correct way of saying it in a conversational way, for example "oh, Terry did some writing?".

Picture sequencing activities

See target sheet "sequences three or more picturesNote - the activities shown there are at a slightly higher level than this one - so only use them if appropriate for the children you are working with.

Ask the child to recall parts of the sequence they have been working with.

Correct mistakes in the past tense in the same way as above.

Action description

Set of cards with simple present tense verb pictures on (e.g. "jumping", "writing").

1. Ask child to pick a card;

2. Ask the child to act out the verb on the card.

3. Ask the child what they just did.

As above.

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