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Language and Communication two part instructions with before after   This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

To follow two part instructions that include 'before' 'after'

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1a
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP60
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Before doing this activity, children should be able to: understand before and after separately (see: before and after in time); follow two part instructions (for example: follows two related instructions).

Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Simon Says

Prompt card with 'before' and  'after' on it (optional)

Whiteboard

Whiteboard marker

1. Explain to the children that you are going to play Simon Says and practise doing things 'before' or 'after' something else.

2. Play the game, giving instructions such as 'pat your head before you jump', 'After you clap your hands, turn around'. Write the instruction on your whiteboard as you give it (use simple drawings if a child has reading difficulties).

3. Show the children the whiteboard so that they can check if they got the action right.

Use simpler instructions before trying harder ones. So, give the actions in the order the child will do them, before giving them in a different order. E.g.

'clap your hands before you nod your head'

'after you clap your hands, nod your head'

If the child can do this try

'Before you clap your hands, nod your head.

'Nod your head after you clap your hands.'

Barrier Worksheet

Copy of a worksheet picture to colour in for each person

Coloured pens or pencils (if possible, the same set of colours for each person. It could just be 3 or 4 colours)

Prompt card with 'before' and  'after' 

1. Explain to the children that they must listen carefully, as you are only going to say the instruction once.

2. Give them instructions e.g. 'Colour the hands blue', 'Colour the cat before you colour the tree', 'After you colour the apple green, colour the shoes.'

3. Colour it in on your sheet, and number the steps in the order you did it. Then let the children check if they got it right.

Again, use simpler instructions, where the steps are in the order the child must do them, before more difficult ones where the child must do them in a different order (see above).

Listen and draw

Paper

pencils

Prompt card with 'before' and  'after' 

1. Explain to the children that they must listen carefully, as you are only going to say the instruction once.

2. Give them instructions to draw e.g. shapes or simple pictures (anything that will not take too long!). E.g. Draw a circle before you draw triangles.

3. Draw them on your sheet too, and number the steps. Let the children see your sheet to check if they were right.

Again, use simpler instructions, where the steps are in the order the child must do them, before more difficult ones where the child must do them in a different order (see above).

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