This seasonal resource is aimed at pupils in junior classes or pupils with speech and language difficulties, especially receptive language. Its aim is to help improve the pupil’s ability to process information and follow two-step directions. There are 14 cards in this pack.
Each card contains six Hallowe’en themed images. Twelve different images are used in this pack. The images appear in a different order on different cards.
There is a two-step instruction at the top of each card, asking the pupil to peg one image first and then to peg a second one. Some pupils can find this a difficult skill as it requires the pupil to either read/listen to the instruction, process it and then carry out the instruction. Each of the twelve images feature in both the first and second step of the instruction.
Pupils will need to be familiar with the names of the images on the cards before engaging with this activity.
Cut out all of the 14 cards in the pack and laminate them. Present the pupil with one card at a time. If the pupil is able, they can read the instruction at the top of the card. Alternatively the teacher/SNA/supporting adult can read the instruction to the pupil. The pupil should then carry out the instruction in the given order.
This activity is especially suitable for pupils who may not be able to write answers but who can read/listen and comprehend, therefore it is a way for them to demonstrate this understanding. It is also good for fine motor skills in the manipulation of the pegs onto the cards.
We frequently gave activities such as this for homework to our SEN pupils. It gave them the sense that they had homework like everyone else and it also allowed the parents to see what language topic we were currently working on. Pupils also consider it fun homework during the month of October.
This activity would also work well as an independent task to be completed by the pupil in their work station.