Maths – Positional Language

Hello Everyone,

Positional language is all about the words we use.  Every day we give some positional language instruction, for instance, the car is in the garage, the cup is on the table.  Too often, rather than be specific, we say it’s ‘there’ or ‘over there’ and we point.   Our children do the same.  It’s important to be specific, precise in the language we use.  English is enough of a confusing language so we need to be accurate when we give positional language instructions!

Bears on a Ladder - Prepositional Words to Expand Vocabulary - Days With Grey

Go for a bear hunt. Use the words from the story to emphasise positional language words.  When you’re out on a walk get them to narrate what they’re doing …I’m on the tree stump, I crawled through the bushes, I’m getting into the bath…take turns and really emphasise those words.  Play a game with a teddy and give him instructions.  I use a spider and put him on my shoulder, over my head, next to my chair, etc.  Be sure though to always get your child to say the full sentence – over there does not count!  For instance- ‘Where’s the teddy?’ you ask.  Your child responds with “The teddy is under the sofa, behind the cushion”, etc.’  It’s really important to say the full sentence for their growning language skills to develop.

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Bain, Mrs. Mitzman, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Bence