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Language and Communication use a picture to make a request  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child will point to a picture to indicate something they want to happen or have.

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Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP24
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
Which verse?

Pictures to represent the verses in a song (e.g. animals for "Old MacDonald" or "Down in the Jungle"; bus, wheels, driver, windscreen wipers etc. for "the Wheels on the Bus"). These might be drawn by you, from the internet, or using a commercial product such as the Flash-Pro CD-ROM.

Optional: tape or CD of the songs, plus player.

1. Choose a suitable song, that is already familiar to the child, and prepare a range of suitable pictures to represent each verse. You need a different picture for each verse.

2. Choose two or three verses and select the correct pictures.

3. Spread the pictures out where the child can see them.

4. Pick up one of the pictures (e.g. a cow) and give it to the child.

5. Sing the corresponding verse (e.g. "Old MacDonald had a cow").

6. When the verse is finished, take the picture away from the child and put it out of sight, for example in a "finished" box.

7. Select another picture, give it to the child and sing the relevant verse.

8. For the first few times you carry out this activity, you choose the pictures. After that, you can start to encourage the child to select the pictures.

9. You can increase the number of pictures you ask the child to select from according to their abilities.

You need to choose a song that the child is already familiar with and enjoys.

The song needs to be one where the verses can be sung in any order. Songs that reinforce a sequence (e.g. days of the week, numbers or letters of the alphabet) are not suitable.

To start with, only ask the child to choose from a selection of two or three pictures.

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