Signs and symbols

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By Taissa Csákyeducation writer

original article published 19 May 2010

Crack codes, send secret messages, and interpret and make use of all kinds of symbols in this rich creative topic

Semaphore

Some of the most familiar signs and symbols are numbers and the letters of the alphabet. But, these are just the tip of the iceberg: there are other alphabets from around the world and the ancient past, cartographic symbols, road signs, pictograms… These, and more, are introduced in this topic, which makes links to literacy, numeracy and more, to show children how signs and symbols help us to communicate.

Activities

Key Stage 1

  1. Talking with signs
  2. Picture yourself

Key Stage 2

  1. Semaphore
  2. Map-makers
  3. Rules of the road
  4. Writing in pictures
  5. What’s for dinner?
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