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Language and Communication Use and understand regular plurals  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Use and understand regular plurals, for example cats, keys.

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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
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Understanding of plurals

Use not more than 6 items of things that have regular plural forms, for example, key(s), cup(s), ball(s), sock(s)

1. Put groups of each of the objects on one table, and single items of each on another table.

2. Point to each item or group of items, and name each, saying, for example, 'Here are the keys,'

3. Get the child to respond by indicating (eye/finger/head pointing or gesture) when you ask 'Where are the cups?'

4. Praise him when he does this correctly.

5. Then move on to the next item, e.g. 'Where is the Key? '

Ensure that you use the full sentence when asking the child to respond, even though you are only wanting the child to respond to the actual noun plural / singular.

Pen and paper game

Sheet showing a mixture of single items and groups of the same items (if laminated, this can be reused)

Pen or pencil (use a whiteboard pen if your sheet is laminated)

1. First ask the child to name all the items on the sheet to ensure they have the necessary vocabulary.

2. Then ask them to cross out the things you name, for example, "cross out the ball", "cross out the chairs" etc.

To use singular and plural regular nouns correctly

Follow on from the previous activity where the child is indicating his understanding of which objects are plural / singular.

Not more than 6 different objects, as above

The things should be laid out as for the comprehension exercise above.

Get the child to listen to what each of the objects on the two tables is.

Say the words without saying the sentence or article: just the word, 'key', 'cups', and focus on / emphasise the 's' for plurals.

Then say: 'It's your turn! You tell me the names of the things. Don't forget to put a 's' on the end of the word if there is more than one thing.'

Point to one of the item(s) and let the child respond

Praise him when he gets it right. If he does not use the '-s' plural correctly, repeat the word correctly to him, then get him to say it after you.

Finish the game by getting the child to put the things into a box saying the name of the item(s) as he does so.

Don't worry about whether the child uses a full sentence: the focus is on getting the word with the correct plural ending.

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