This seasonal resource focuses on ordinal numbers and positional language, which can pose some difficulties for younger pupils and SEN pupils. It consists of fourteen cards – each card has six Christmas-themed images. The pupil is asked to peg a particular item in each card. These cards use ordinal number instructions only eg. “Peg the 5th one”, “Peg the 2nd one”, “Peg the last one”.
It is suggested that the cards are cut out and laminated so that they can be used again and again.
The pupil places a clothes peg on the image that they believe is the correct answer. These cards also provide great opportunities for oral language where a discussion can open up about what the image is.
This activity is especially suitable for pupils who may not be able to write answers but is mastering ordinal numbers. It is a way for them to demonstrate this mastery. 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 Maths topic we were currently working on. It was also considered a fun homework activity to do during the Christmas season.
Activities such as these were also used as Independent work completed by SEN pupils in their work station.