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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.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP42
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
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)

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.

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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