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Language and Communication Use prepositions in short sentences  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

The child uses prepositions 'in, on, under, to, behind, next to, in front' in short sentences.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP48
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
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
In

Pictures of a fridge, washing machine, cupboard, suitcase

Pictures of food, clothes.

Take it in turns to instruct each other to put e.g. 'socks in the washing machine', 'put the pasta in the cupboard'

When the children are confident with this, move on to use two prepositions, e.g. 'in' and 'on'.

On

A clothesline - either a picture or a real line and pegs

Pictures of clothes

A TV guide

Outline of a pizza base

Pictures of pizza toppings. Or - draw a base and draw the toppings onto it.

1. Take it in turns to instruct each other to put clothes on the line, e.g. 'Put the jumper on the clothesline.'

2. Go through the TV guide and find favourite shows. Say what you are watching on TV'. e.g. 'I'm watching cartoons on TV

3. Put toppings on the pizza base e.g. 'I'm putting chicken on my pizza'.

When the children are confident with this, move on to use two prepositions, e.g. 'in' and 'on'.

To

Action pictures

Place pictures

Use action and place pictures, make up stories about where you or someone else is going and how to get there. E.g. 'He's running to the park', 'he's crawling to school'.

When the children are confident with this, move on to use two prepositions, e.g. 'in' and 'to'.

Under

Pictures of furniture and objects

Play a version of 'I spy': One person puts an object under furniture or another object, so that it can only just be seen. Another child says e.g. 'I spy the book under the table'.

You can use real objects for this.

When the children are confident with this, move on to use two prepositions, e.g. 'on' and 'under'.

Behind, Next To, In Front

Pictures of people

Outline of a bus / train / classroom

Pictures of different vehicles

1. Have the children take turns putting the people in the bus / train / class in a particular order, e.g. 'put the girl behind the baby.

2. Use the pictures of vehicles to make a traffic jam. Take it in turns to give instructions e.g. 'put the car next to the lorry.'

All Together

An interesting object to use as 'treasure'

1. Either hide the 'treasure' yourself, or give one child instructions on where to hide it, e.g. 'Hide it on the shelf under the box.'

2. One other person looks for it, while the other children give him/her instructions of where to look. No pointing is allowed!

3. Vary where you hide the treasure so that you use different positional language.

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