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Language and Communication Use facial expression to support meaning  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

Child is able to use a variety of facial expressions to support their communication

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Expressive Language
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
Role Play with finger puppets

Finger puppets

Pictures of people using facial expressions for:

-arguing

-angry

-comforting

-directing

-instructing

-questioning

1. Sit children in a circle;

2. Show children the arguing face card and ask them to copy it. Explain that this is an arguing face and demonstrate this with the finger puppets;

3. Repeat with all the other cards one by one;

4. Children select a finger puppet. Ask pupils to show the appropriate facial expression to the finger puppet when a card is selected.

Some facial expressions look very similar, so they will need to be supported by the appropriate gesture, e.g. pointing

Matching facial expression cards

Multiple copies of cards showing:

-arguing

-angry

-comforting

-directing

-instructing

-questioning

1. Sit children in a circle;

2. Show children face cards, ask them to imitate the expression: ask them to say, sign, or use a symbol to indicate what the facial expression is showing;

3. Give children their own set of facial expression cards;

4. Hold up one card and ask them to match it from their own pack;

5. Repeat until all cards have been matched.

Some facial expressions look very similar, so they will need to be supported by the appropriate gesture, e.g. pointing

Match facial expression cards to actions the puppets are doing

Finger puppets

Pictures of people using facial expressions for:

-arguing

-angry

-comforting

-directing

-instructing

-questioning

1. Sit children in a circle;

2. Put out a small selection of facial expression cards (start with three very different ones);

3. Act out one of the emotions/moods with the help of the puppets;

4. Ask the children to choose which facial expression goes with the action.

Some facial expressions look very similar, so they will need to be supported by the appropriate gesture, e.g. pointing

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