Marta Colilles

has been working as a Primary school Teacher for more than 20 years in Catalunya and in the UK and she currently teaches at Pre-primary and 2nd cycle Primary level.

Oxford Recipe in printable, PDF format:

 

 

 

Level: Pre-primary

Aims:

Revise colours

– Practice counting

– Follow instructions

-To go from one activity to another in a calm and quiet manner

No resources are needed, but it is useful to have colour flashcards as a reference.

Resources:

No resources are needed, but it is useful to have colour flashcards as a reference.

Introduction:

This is an activity I use to move children from circle time to table time or to line them up at the end of the session. It helps to do these transitions quietly and at the same time revise colours and practice counting.

In my school, children at Pre-Primary level wear overalls.  When I do this activity we normally look at the colours of their overalls.

In Class:

1. When the children finish their activity and are ready to move to the next one, sing the song: Who is wearing red today? (To the tune Polly put the kettle on)

Who is wearing red today?

Who is wearing red today?

Who is wearing red today?

If you are wearing red today,

Please, stand in the middle / come to the front.

Depending on the set up of the activity the children that are wearing red stand in the middle of the circle or go to the front of the class.

2. Count the children wearing red.

How many children are wearing red today?   Let’s count!

3. Ask the children wearing red to do three actions and after that send them to the line or to their seats.

If you are wearing red Jump!

If you are wearing red turn around!

If you are wearing red touch your head.

Great!  Now go and sit down please / now walk quietly to the line, please.

4. Sing the song again with the remaining children using a different colour.

5. Repeat until all the children are sitting down or lining up.

When I use the activity to line up, we count again once they are all in the line.  All the children wearing the same colour should be standing together.

Let’s see…we have 1, 2, 3, 4 red,     1,2,3,5 yellow….

Benefits:

This activity makes transitions more controllable. Children move quietly from one activity to another and settle down quickly for the next activity. Also I get to use transition time to practice English!

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