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Language and Communication Use and understand photos of self with text  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Uses and understands photos of self, for example showing daily activities in a photo album.

Early years skill:Reading
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP36
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Photo album of child's daily life

Home made book of daily life photos with home made text

  1. Use a camera to take everyday photos of the child sitting running eating etc. Include photos of objects and familiar adults in the child's school life e.g. the dinner hall, the playground, groups of scissors/ pens/ school teacher etc.
  2. Make a book of the photo one to a page.

Photos need to be of familiar people activities and objects.

Keep spoken and written descriptions of the photos short.

When talking about the photos repeat photo descriptions using the same phrase as the written phrase.

Sharing a photo book with a child

Book as above

  1. Point to photos and comment using 2/3 word phrases.
  2. Ask simple questions about the photos e.g. 'Who is that?', 'What is that?', 'What is happening?'
  3. Use the computer to write 2/3 word descriptions of the photos. Can the child copy your phrase on the computer?
  4. Use hand writing to write a 2/3 word phrase about the photos - can the child overwrite your phrase?
  5. (More advanced) Can the child copy your 2/3 word phrase using his/her own handwriting?
Using the text in the photo book

Photo book as above

When the book has photos with some form of 2 or 3 word description under each photo can the child show this to other adults or peers and point to written text as the photo book is shared?

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