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Language and Communication tell a simple story using a starter phrase or framework  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Children to be able to tell a simple story with a starter phrase or a framework supplied by an adult to assist them.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1a
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP60
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
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On the way to school game

"On my way home from school" resource: activity available to download free from


Download selected pictures and assemble the board in your chosen way. A start square and a finish square are recommended - try not to make the game board bigger than an A3 size sheet. Laminate for future use.

1. Players each have a token and roll dice or use a spinner to move places on the board;

2. When a player lands on a picture of an animal they must say the starter phrase "On the way to school I saw..." and then add the name of that animal;

3. The activity can be extended by asking players to add to their story. Additional information could include adjectives (describing words - e.g. "big"), conjunctions (joining words - e.g. "and", "because") and verbs (action words, e.g. "run", "drop"). For example, "On my way to school today I saw a tiny mouse."

This game is ideal to work on in a small group with players of varying skill levels.

Model the starter phrase and provide an example of what is expected.

Players can be working at different levels whilst playing the same game e.g. one can be working at a naming level, whilst another can be working on adding an adjective to the sentence.

To keep the game fun and interesting, children may be encouraged to make up a silly version of events. E.g. "On the way to school I saw a rabbit riding a bicycle".

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