I should be…

  • Understanding instructions in a sequence including words like ‘first’, ‘last’, ‘before’ and ‘after’.
  • Understanding and using words that show things are going to happen in the future like ‘will’.
  • Recognising that some words have many meanings (e.g. a bat to hit a ball, and a bat that flies at night)
  • Sorting things in different ways based on features e.g. table – furniture, things made of wood or things with legs
  • Understanding ‘how’ questions and beginning to use language to explain how I am working out answers.
  • Guessing words when given clues and tell you what they mean (e.g. its red, you eat it, its sweet but it’s not an apple, it’s a vegetable and it begins with ‘p’).
  • Using reference pronouns (e.g. ‘theirs’, ‘our’ and ‘your’) and negatives (e.g. ‘couldn’t’, ‘haven’t’ and ‘wouldn’t’).
  • Concentrating well for 7+ minutes.
  • Refocusing my attention after distractions without your help.
  • Breaking words down into sounds e.g. bread into b r ea d and blending sounds to make words (e.g. s u n makes sun).

Don’t worry if…

  • I still get things in the wrong order sometimes.
  • I find it difficult to explain what I mean all the time.
  • I still make occasional speech sound errors.
  • I still need some help to refocus my attention after a distraction.

Seek advice if…

  • I am struggling to follow instructions, perhaps only completing one part but not the whole thing.
  • I am struggling to understand the order things happen in.
  • My talking is hard to understand when you don’t know the context.
  • I am struggling to ask and answer simple questions about a story or event.
  • I am unable to concentrate for more than two or three minutes on a task.
  • I am struggling to recognise the sounds at the beginning of words.