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Language and Communication Think through more complex social situations  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To use problem solving and reasoning skills to think through social situations which are not right / wrong situations.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1
TAP skill:Social Skills
TAP level:TAP60
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Newspaper or children's paper or magazine

Large sheet of paper


Choose a page of a newspaper or children's paper, or cut out some stories from a newspaper. (You could also do this on line if you have access to a computer. It is very motivating for the children!)

Choose stories that will prompt discussion and are not simple right / wrong issues.

Put the main person in the story in a circle in the middle of a page. Draw lots of lines out of the circle, and think of different things the person could do. Have each child circle the one they think they would suggest . Help the children think about what will happen if the person takes their advice.

You're in charge!

Cards to write situations on.



Freeze frames

Short video clips from children's programmes

You could write individual or group letters to the programme makers suggesting an ending to this scene.

Alien bluff

Alien puppet or picture.

Cards to write situations on.

Everyday situations at school and home.

Use a variety of situations - in class, in whole school events, in the playground, at home, etc.

Social Sequences

LDA what's wrong social sequencing cards.

Paper or whiteboard


Use paper or a white board to keep the discussion focused.

Use facial emotions cards as visual prompts to help the children think about what people are feeling and why.


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