Lesson 1: Following instructions

The class follow instructions as part of practical activities and games

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To follow instructions as part of practical activities and games

EYFS outcomes

Communication and language

  • Understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important


Personal, social and emotional development

  • ELG: Self-regulation: Give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity, and show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Active learning


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.


Teacher notes

Key vocabulary


Next steps

  • To learn to give simple instructions.
  • Make a note of any specific next steps for individual children.
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