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Language and Communication Understand on and under  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Follow instructions containing prepositions 'in', 'on' or 'under' - appropriate for SCD and other symbol users

Early years skill:Shape, space and measure
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:Maths Shape Space and Measures
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP36
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
Physical activities

Preposition symbols

Playground equipment

Furniture, boxes, hoops etc.

1. Introduce one preposition concept at a time.

2. Get your child to do an action by saying "Stand on the bench" and then show them what you mean by standing on the bench, showing them the 'on' symbol and then encouraging them to copy you.

3. What other things can they stand on?

4. Once they are familiar with the first preposition, then introduce the next one.

5. Remember to show your child what to do when you introduce a new concept, as well as supporting it using visual clues.

Remember to support these activities with additional visual clues including signing and the symbols.

In addition to working on the prepositions during particular activities, utilise every day opportunities to comment on what your child is doing. For example, by saying "You are on the slide.

If you don't know the sign for a preposition, ask your Speech and Language Therapist.

It may take one or more sessions before the child has understood the first preposition and before you can move on to another one.

Obstacle Course

Various objects such as table, chair, bench, hoop, etc.

Masking tape

Preposition symbols

It may be easier to do this activity when your child is familiar with the prepositions or if you have another adult to help your child complete the obstacle course.

Have fun!!!

It can be a race with other children.

Obstacle Course with toy animals/puppets

Toy animals/puppets

Real or miniature furniture

Masking tape

Preposition symbols

Hide and seek with toy animals

Table, chair, box, teddy, doll.

Preposition symbols.


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