This activity enables pupils, who are unable or unwilling to write or type to build sentences. Pupils can manipulate cards to arrange words into a sentence. The word cards link to the systematic teaching order of the Phonics for Pupils with SEN programme Book 1 (capitalisation in Book 2) and the Fitzgerald Key.
The Fitzgerald key is a system of colour coding words according to parts of speech. Pupils can be supported to create simple linear sentences of the subject, verb, object and adjectival phrase type by placing words in a specific order.
Who? subject of the sentence / people / pronouns YELLOW
What doing? verb / action word GREEN
What? object of the sentence / noun ORANGE
Where? places PINK
Descriptors adjectives and adverbs BLUE
Miscellaneous / Little words prepositions / articles BLACK
The Fitzgerald Key is used in Speech and Language Therapy to support pupils to develop an understanding of oral language structure. If a pupil works with a speech and language therapist in this way, then both phonics and speech and language goals can be addressed side by side in the same lesson.
Materials on pdf include:
• Coded word cards sorted by set
• Example sentences
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