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Category: Anticipation (Engagement)  

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Abbreviation: ANT ENG

See also: Pre-curriculum/National curriculum descriptions. Category lists.


This shows how much the pupil predicts, expects or associates a stimulus or activity with an event. They may anticipate that a familiar activity is about to start or finish by interpreting cues or prompts such as auditory (what they hear), tactile (what they feel) and visual (what they see).

Anticipation becomes more established when the pupil shows awareness that a familiar activity is about to start or finish, even when cues and prompts are reduced.

Anticipation is important in measuring the pupil’s understanding of cause and effect; for example if they do this, then something will happen. This prepares the brain and helps with the pupil’s memory and sequencing.

"Anticipation Engagement" pages

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