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Understanding and using doing words

(verbs) in simple sentences


Why is this important?
This activity encourages children to build sentences using two key words: it
also helps to widen vocabulary.

This is an important step in the development of grammar.

What to do
• You will need:

Teddy and doll (or two other favourite toys).
Cup, brush, item of food, flannel.
• Put out teddy and doll and two different items (e.g. cup and flannel). Say:

‘Make teddy drink.’
‘Wash doll.’
‘Make doll drink.’
• You could also ask the child to make doll or teddy perform an action that doesn’t
need any additional items (e.g. sleep, run, hop, sit, wave, clap).

‘Make teddy jump.’
‘Make teddy sit.’
‘Make doll sleep.’
• When the child has successfully followed an instruction,

ask ‘What’s happening?’
Encourage the child to use a two-word phrase to describe

(e.g. ‘teddy jump’, ‘doll drink’).
• If the child doesn’t respond or uses a single-word (e.g. ‘jump’), offer a choice:

Adult: ‘Make teddy jump.’
Child follows instruction correctly.
Adult praises: ‘Well done. What’s happening?’ (points to teddy).
Child: ‘Teddy.’
Adult: ‘Is teddy sleeping or teddy jumping?’
Child: ‘Teddy jump.’

  • Through our Christian school and ethos, we all aim to believe in ourselves, each other, our teachers, leaders and parents. With reflection and prayer, we trust in God that our prayers will be heard. We know that every child is a child of Jesus, treating everyone with respect and dignity that they deserve.

    Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
    Matthew 7:7


  • We aim to build our pupils’ and teachers’ confidence, delight in their teaching & learning and discipline in seeking wisdom; gaining the truth, knowledge, understanding and skills they will need in their everyday lives. We offer a broad and inspiring curriculum that nurtures emotional intelligence, creativity and remembering of important knowledge. We teach and learn collaboratively leading to our pupils developing the life skills of learning.

    For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
    Proverbs 2:6


  • We aim to be the best we can be. Whilst nurturing our pupils’ and staff, we encourage and drive them to aspire to achieve their hopes and dreams. We are honest in the fact that this will take hard work, perseverance and resilience.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11


  • Above all we aim to show compassion to ourselves and each other. By developing strong relationships and friendships we develop a true understanding of each other.

    ‘Love thy neighbour…’
    Luke 10:28


  • We are a family. We show compassion for all members of our community irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. We strive to be ‘courageous advocates’ for our local, national and global community.

    There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Galatians 3:28



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