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Language and Communication use single words signs or symbols for actions 1  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils understand and use single words, signs or symbols for familiar actions

Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP24
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
Play with miniatures

Give a commentary on what the child is doing, for example "Dolly's drinking", "Mohammed is pushing the car", "the car crashed!".

Make toy animals/teddy/doll do various actions

The child listens and does the actions, then the child indicates what actions you or another child should do.

Simon Says type game

Children take it in turns to tell what others in the group should do, for example 'clap', 'jump', 'sit down'.

You can use pictures as prompts to help children give commands.

Checking pupils understanding of verbs being targeted

You might need to check also that the child associates the picture with the actual action that they can see happening or can experience - with familiar pictures some children may learn to associate words with those particular pictures rather than with something they can do or experience.

Posting games

Pictures of verbs, post box

Give the pupil time to name the action. Help them by giving a prompt (e.g. a forced alternative, the first sound. or the word or sign to repeat)


Pictures of verbs on a die

Feely bag

Bag containing objects, which you can do actions with.

Verb pictures

Pictures of actions on cards

Throw the beanbag

Pictures of actions on cards



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