Touch and Talk
This versatile classroom resource will support teaching and learning across the curriculum. With 30 recordable buttons, the mat can be used to develop spoken language, phonic knowledge and word reading skills, encouraging children to press the button and hear the phoneme, word or sound effect behind that image or letter. Also ideal for maths work, the mat can be used as a visual times table as well as for sequencing, problem solving and number challenges. With up to 300 seconds of recording time on each button, teachers can personalise the mat for their class – adding in nursery rhymes, songs or even getting the children to record their own words or stories and upload via the easy-to-use USB connection. Can be used alongside our flashcards, which are available to purchase separately.
• Incredibly versatile - use for all subjects, ages and stages.
• 300 seconds of recording time per button.
• Option to use with flashcards to create instant activities.
• Easy to hang and clean.
ELG 01 Listening and attention:
• Children listen attentively in a range of situations
ELG 02 Understanding:
• Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions
ELG 03 Speaking:
• They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events
ELG 08 Making relationships:
• Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others
ELG 11 Numbers:
• Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number
ELG 12 Shape, space and measures:
• They recognise, create and describe patterns
ELG 14 The world:
• They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary
• They make observations of animals and plants
ELG 15 Technology:
• Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools
• They select and use technology for particular purposes
• The ability of pupils for whom English is an additional language to take part in the may be in advance of their communication skills in English. Teachers should plan teaching opportunities to help pupils develop their English and should aim to provide the support pupils need to take part in all subjects.
Language and Literacy
• Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.
• Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They should … ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge.
• Pupils’ acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Teachers should therefore develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge.