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Language and Communication Organise daily routine pictures on school and non school day  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


For children to sequence the activities in their day, and to distinguish between a school day and a non-school day

Early years skill:Shape, space and measure
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:Maths Shape Space and Measures
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP48
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Sequencing Strips

Pictures of activities relevant to a school day

e.g. break time, different lessons

Pictures of activities relevant to a weekend day

e.g. going to the park, going to the shops

A strip of card with Velcro on it, long enough to fit the whole sequence on it / timeline

1. Start with just one set of pictures; the school day ones will have the least variation and so should be easier.

2. Go over what the pictures are first.

3. Have the child put them in the right order on the strip to fit their own day.

4. Discuss any variation in routines, and use sequencing language such as 'before, after, first, then, next'. Refer to time for well known points, e.g. start of school, lunch time, home time. Emphasise concepts of 'morning, afternoon, evening, night'.

5. Introduce pictures of activities at home and put in order for a weekend or holiday day. When the children are confident with this, you could give them all the pictures and have them sort them out.

If sequencing a whole day is too hard, either reduce the number of cards or reduce the task to just the morning or just the afternoon. You could also put some of the key markers on the strip, e.g. start school, lunch, go home.

When the children are confident with the activity, discuss which things they do both on a school day and a non-school day.

See also: "order three daily events using pictures" on

Design an ideal day

Pens / pencils




You may need to model this activity by talking about your ideal day.

Commercially available activities

Black Sheep Worksheets:

There are several relevant packs, including 'times of the day' and 'days'.



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