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Language and Communication Sequence pictures, symbols, words  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


In their writing and recording pupils use pictures, symbols, familiar words and letters in sequence to communicate meaning.

Early years skill:Writing
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Writing
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Writing
TAP level:TAP48
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
Writes about simple pictures e.g. of a dog/cat etc

Letter tiles or letter cards, clear simple pictures

1. Stick the chosen picture into a book.

2. Draw short lines under the picture to stand for the letters of the picture.

3. Help the child select letter tiles or alphabet cards to put on the lines. Can you do some of the letters and the child finishes off the last letter?

4. Can the child copy the letter tiles to write about the picture?

5. As the child becomes familiar with the activity make 2 word descriptions of pictures etc

Choose motivating pictures for the child to write about.

Give lots of help with writing and lots of rewards for attempts.

Make sure words to be written are familiar and short

Writes 3 words to describe a photo

Photos of child engaged in clear actions e.g. going into dinner, playing outside, reading a book

1. Look at a photo with the child and encourage the child to talk about it. Write down 3 or 4 words about the photo using words the child is very familiar with.

2. Print out child's descriptive words in large type on computer.

3. Cut the printed words up. Can the child sequence the words to match the photo and stick the words under the photo.

4. Encourage the child to draw a picture of the photo and to copy the matching descriptive print.

5. Select a photo and encourage the child to talk about it. You start the writing to describe the photo e.g the first word. Can the child finish off the writing? It may help to draw dots for the child to write over to begin with.

Describes a picture from a favourite book

Photo copies of some favourite pictures

Photo copies of the pictures' matching print

Colours and then describes a picture

A black and white picture to colour.

Colouring pens

Describes own drawing

Letter tiles and alphabet cards

Uses the computer to write about a picture


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