First an ‘odd one out’ activity. 
1. Visual discrimination. To complete this activity the child must be able to see the differences between objects.
2. Direction. The child learns to work from left to right and top to bottom, one row at a time.
3. Theme related. Reinforce things learned about the theme, in this case the names of some animal homes. 
4. Fine motor skills. Develop pencil skills during colouring in, and hand-eye co-ordination.
Why Activity Sheets?
Not all pre-schools have the advantage of qualified teachers and adequate resources. An Activity Sheet is an opportunity for a learning experience that might otherwise be missed. Our Activity Sheets sit at the centre of the Day By Day Programme, and have a value of their own, but should also be viewed in the context of the whole lesson plan.
What is the value of an Activity Sheet on its own?
To illustrate this let’s look at two simple examples, both taken from the Autumn Term Senior pad, and ask what does the child learn? 
Second a ‘counting’ activity. 
1. Number recognition. The children learn to recognise the numbers and their names.
2. Number value. Learn the value of each number, how many objects it represents.
3. One-to-one correspondence. Learn that six chickens is the same amount as six horses.
4. Theme related. Reinforce things learned about the theme, in this case the names of some farm animals. 
5. Fine motor skills. Develop cutting and pasting skills as the animals are cut out and pasted down.
What is the value of an Activity Sheet in the context of the lesson plan?
The role of the teacher
The teacher needs to take responsibility for how much the children benefit from an Activity Sheet.
This can be illustrated by looking at the different levels at which the children can experience the activity.
Highest level
  • Have a concrete activity with the children, before the Activity Sheet, that relates to the skill or concept of the Activity Sheet. 
  • Explain what is happening and what the children need to do.
  • Ask questions to see if the children understand and let them ask questions.
  • Give the children the Activity Sheet to complete.
  • The children benefit from the skills and concepts of the activity.
  • When they are done, have a brief one-on-one assessment. During this conversation the teacher can assess how well the child has understood the concept and note the progress of skills. 
  • This is recorded on an assessment sheet.
Medium level
  • Explain what is happening and what the children need to do. 
  • Ask questions to see if the children understand and let them ask questions. 
  • Give the children the Activity Sheet to complete.
  • The children benefit from the skills and concepts of the activity.
Lowest level
  • Put the Activity Sheet in front of the children without any directions. 
  • The children colour it in and may or may not benefit from the skills and concepts of the activity.

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