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By Jean EvansEarly Years consultant and author

Extend children’s knowledge of the different roles of emergency workers with engaging group activities

Children in role play

Activities in this article:

  1. The optician
  2. Emergency services
  3. Cross-curricular activities

1. The optician

Have fun recognising letters and shapes from an optician’s eye chart

Communication, Language and Literacy – Linking Sounds and Letters

Development matters: Distinguish one sound from another (22–36 months); Hear and say the initial sound in words and know which letters represent some of the sounds (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: Link sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

What you need

White coats; large chair; card; thick black marker pen; magnifying glass; images of eyes; old spectacle frames (glass removed); safety mirrors.

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