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EYFS Oracy and Emergent Writing Pack: Past and Present, Things in the Home

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Help young learners to understand past and present by exploring how the appliances and technology we have at home have changed over time. Images showing everyday objects found in homes now and in the past can be used to prompt discussion and begin to develop a basic understanding of chronology, helping children to recognise things that were used in the past, before they were born.

Children will have the opportunity to talk about similarities and differences between things in the past and now.

Included in the EYFS resource pack

  • Things at home: past and present cards
  • Heading cards: past/present, then/now
  • Homes in the future worksheet
  • Teacher notes with guidance on how the resources could be used in the classroom

Early Learning Goals
Understanding the World
ELG: Past and Present
Children at the expected level of the development will:
- Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class;

Communication and Language
ELG: Listening, Attention and Understanding
Children at the expected level of the development will:
-Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding;
- Hold conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.
ELG: Speaking
Children at the expected level of the development will:
- Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary;
- Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.



  • Things at home: past and present cards
  • Heading cards: past/present, then/now
  • Homes in the future worksheet
  • Teacher notes with guidance on how the resources could be used in the classroom
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