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Language and Communication Produce meaningful print signs or symbols  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils produce some meaningful print signs or symbols associated with own name or familiar spoken words, actions, images or events, for example contributing to records of their own achievements or to books about themselves, their families and interests.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Writing
P-scales/Curriculum level:P5
TAP skill:Writing
TAP level:TAP30
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Produce meaningful print

Photos of the child doing everyday activities

Drawings by you or the child of daily activities e.g. playtimes plants grown, food eaten.

Pictures cut out of a catalogue of favoured toys or toys the child owns

Pencil grips

Stick the photo or the cut out picture onto a clean page. Draw a border round the picture and fill with zigzag marks as 'decoration'. The child may need to follow the dots to do this. Colour over the zigzags to make a picture frame for the 'book'

Label the photo or picture e.g. 'Child's name jumping.' 'Child's name toy car'.

You write the 'jumping' or 'toy car' and leave a space for the child to write his name. You may need to provide dots for the child to overwrite his/her name.

Use a painting or drawing the child has done. Write most the child's name for them.........can the child finish the name off?

The child may respond to being able to choose a 'special pen' to write his/her name

Make Christmas cards or birthday cards or thank you cards. As before, do most of the writing inside yourself leaving the child to finish off some/all of his/her name. Reward all attempts.

Short work sessions

Using a really short pen can help a child to hold the pen correctly or use a pen grip.

This work can be collected into a 'book' to take home or read to others.


Write the child's name on the computer in big letters (use lower case).

Can the child copy the name on the computer?

Print out the sheet. Can the child over write the printed name an coy underneath the printed name?

Child's drawings or paintings etc

Letters of the child's name written large and cut out individually.

Can the child stick the letters of his/her name in the right order under one of their pictures? Can the child copy in handwriting under the stuck on letters of their name?

Can this work be shown to an adult or stuck on the wall?

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