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Language and Communication Three key word expression with adjectives  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils use phrases with up to three key words, signs or symbols to communicate simple ideas, events or stories to others for example, 'I want a big chocolate ice cream'. Uses adjectives and nouns.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP42
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
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
Develop use of adjectives in 3 word phrases: wet/dry

Symbols for the above adjectives

Pens, spoons, bricks and a bowl of water

1.Start by using objects. Collect a group of things which can get wet safely e.g. pens, spoons, lego bricks and put some in a bowl of water and some on the table near by.

2. Use the symbols for wet/dry and categorise the objects according to whether they are wet or dry.

3. Make a mistake sometimes and see if the child can catch you out!

4.Point out things in the child's everyday environment which are wet and dry

5.Can you give the child choices e.g 'Do you want a wet or a dry plate at dinner?'

The child needs to learn by experiencing real things which are wet and noisy etc.

Move on to using pictures of the adjectives when the child is familiar with real life situations

Teach adjectives in their pairs by pointing out the contrast between one and the other.

Extend understanding by generalising the target words into the child's everyday environment.

Develop use of adjectives in 3 word phrases: More/less

Soft toys

Pretend food

Cups of juice

Cups and a jug of water


Blue-tak and pictures

Play-dough and pots

Develop use of adjectives in 3 word phrases: Quiet/noisy

Drum and shakers and bells


Picture books

Develop use of adjectives in 3 word phrases: Wet/dry, More/less, Quiet/noisy

Miniature figures for role play

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