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Language and Communication use sequencing words in a range of contexts  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child will use sequencing words 'first, next, last, beginning, middle, end' in a range of contexts.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1c
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP52
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
The races movies

Digital camera or camera phone to take a video clip

3 characters e.g. plastic worms

First Next Last 'podium' drawn on a sheet of paper (optional) or medals (optional)

First, next, last prompt sheet

1. Set up a race course, and talk about beginning and end.

2. Have the child help you make the worms race, and film this.

3. Watch the film clip back and have the child describe the race and who came first, next, last.

4. Put the worms on the podium in the right places, or award each worm the right medal if you have them.

You can use any toys, or the children can race.

It can also be played out and about by observing e.g. cars at traffic lights etc.

Movie stars

Digital camera or camera phone to take a video clip

Pictures of actions the child can do (optional)

First next last prompt sheet

1. Give the child an instruction to do three actions.

2. Film them doing this.

3. Watch the film clip and have them describe what they did first, next, last.

You could have them put the pictures of the actions into the order they did it and then describe the film clip.

They may need to use the prompt sheet.

This can be generalised to make clips of the child doing any sort of everyday sequence of actions, which the child can watch and describe using the target words: these could all be collected on a computer, or on a digital photo frame.

Walk the walk

A wind up toy (e.g. "Simon the Sheep")

Pictures of things it might see or do on its walk

A prompt card of first next last / beginning middle end

1. Tell a short story about Simon the sheep's walk and what he saw. (Do not have more than 2 or 3 things to remember).

2. Have the child describe what Simon did at the beginning of his walk and at the end.

3. Have them put the pictures in the right order. Wind up the toy and have it 'walk the walk'.

Making Sandwich

A sandwich assembly play kit (e.g. from the Early Learning Centre).

Or you could use real bread and fillings (make the sandwiches small so you can have a few goes)

Pictures of the key parts (bread, cheese, tomato, lettuce, butter etc)

First next last prompt sheet

1. Explain that you are going to take it in turns to make a sandwich, but you are fussy about what is in it.

2. Give an instruction with 3 or 4 things only. You select the pictures to match what you said, but do not let the child see.

3. The child makes the sandwich you asked for.

4. Have the child describe what they put in first, next and last to the sandwich.

5. Have the child check if they are right by looking at which pictures you chose.

6. Give the child a turn at 'ordering' a sandwich.

You could vary this by making soup with different ingredients.

You could 'feed' the sandwich to a toy or to an adult if you are working with a younger child.

You could make real sandwiches!

You could film this with a digital camera or camera phone so the child can show it to another person, or simply watch it back.

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