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Language and Communication understand and use words left and right on others  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The pupil will understand and use the terms "left" and "right" appropriately when referring to others

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:Maths Shape Space and Measures
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L3
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP84
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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

Object with a distinctive look and feel (I use a painted wooden egg)

Blindfold (optional)

1. Explain to the child that you are going to give him/her some instructions and they will need to follow them to find the object.

2. If possible have the child do this activity wearing a blindfold. If this makes the child uncomfortable, it can be done without.

3. Have the child put on the blindfold/close their eyes/turn their back/leave the room while you hide the object somewhere in the room.

4. Give the child directions such as "turn left, walk forward, stop, bend down, put out your right hand"

5. The child takes a turn giving instructions to another: you may need to help the child giving the instructions to use terms suitable for someone who can't see (i.e., saying "it's over there" doesn't help).

Make sure the child is able to do the activities on "left" and "right" on objects first.

When a child gives instructions to someone else you can make it easier by making sure the child giving the instructions is following the child to whom they are giving instructions so that "left" and "right" for both children is the same.

This task is hardest if the child giving the instructions stays still.

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