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Language and Communication respond appropriately with no to short phrases  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Child responds appropriately with yes or no to short phrases that they are able to understand

Early years skill:Making Relationships
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Social Skills
TAP level:TAP42
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Items from a bag 1


Set of objects which the child understands the names of

1. Take the objects out of the bag one at a time, for each item say to the child "It's a [name of object]" for example "It's an apple". Look to the child for confirmation that it's an apple (as if you are not quite sure). Then, with certainty, say "Yes, it's an apple";

2. After a few items, start to get the occasional item wrong (use exactly the same not-quite-sure facial expression you used before). E.g. "It's a pencil" (but it's a toy car). Can the child tell you that it isn't? If not, have a look at the item again and pretend to suddenly realise you were wrong, say "(oh) No, it's not a pencil. It's a car.

3. Repeat.

This activity requires a bit of play acting to work well.

Over time you may be able to name/incorrectly name items more quickly, and be more positive about being right every time (even though you are not).

Jemima and Polly

Two toy animals or dolls (each with a name)

(Optional) things that the dolls can use, e.g. tea set


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