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Language and Communication To order three daily events using pictures  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Child is able to sequence three pictures of daily activities.

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Early years skill:Shape, space and measure
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Shape Space and Measures
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
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
Picture sequences with first/next/last template

This is a preparatory activity for working on sequencing daily events. See also the following (at

Sequences three or more pictures;

Sequences three pictures with first next last;

Sequence pictures symbols words

Materials required:

Your own or commercially produced sequencing cards (e.g. Black Sheep press - see "general resources"), Colorcards - available from many educational suppliers)

FIRST/LAST template which looks like this (leaving spaces to put the pictures):



FIRST/NEXT/LAST template, as follows (leave spaces for the pictures):




1. Use the first/last template to model the sequence of first and last.

2. Start with 2 picture sequences of a simple event e.g. 'rain falling' 'girl puts up umbrella'.

3. Talk about the pictures. Ask the child 'What is happening in the first picture?' Discuss the consequences of the first picture (getting wet) and what the girl does (puts up the umbrella)

4. Put the two pictures into the template: one in the FIRST column and the other in the LAST column.

5. Do this with a range of 2 sequence picture stories.

6. Turn the cards face down and take turns to turn them over and put them in the right part of the FIRST/LAST template. Can the child tell the story?

7. When the child is confident using the FIRST LAST template to order 2 picture sequences move onto using 3 picture sequences and use the FIRST/NEXT/LAST template.

8. Follow the procedure for working with 2 picture sequences.

Prepare materials in advance.

Give a child time to familiarise him/herself with teaching materials and comment on them if needed before starting the learning activity.

Give lots of praise.

Correct mistakes gently!

You can also look confused if the child tells the story in the wrong order.

For children who are having difficulties grasping the connection between the picture sequence and an actual event, start with simple sequences you can actually act out - such as pouring a drink - and match a picture with each step of the sequence - e.g. (1) empty glass, full bottle, (2) pouring from bottle into the glass, (3) full glass, half empty bottle.

Photos of school life



Photos of familiar aspects of school life (use a digital camera to take photos)

Repeat the above activities using up to three pictures of major activities in a child's school day, for example assembly, break, lunch time, home time.

Get the child to stick them in order in a book: make comments about each picture (for parents or other classsmates to read): if the child is able they can write these, or you could write in the comments that they give to you.

To help the child build links between the pictures and real events and their order, show them the pictures when the events are actually happening.

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