Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Essential workers game – early level

What is this?

Find some ideas to support you to design an activity. This activity will help children develop their understanding of the key workers who have helped during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can use this activity in your setting or adapt for children while they are learning at home.

When designing learning activities, think about the range of learners and their individual circumstances.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Early level

Health and Wellbeing

I can describe some of the kinds of work that people do and I am finding out about the wider world of work. (HWB 0-20a)

Social Studies

By exploring my local community, I have discovered the different roles people play and how they can help. (SOC 0-16a)

Literacy and English

As I listen and talk in different situations, I am learning to take turns and am developing my awareness of when to talk and when to listen. (LIT 0-02a)

Purpose of the activity

At early level, children are developing their understanding of people in the community, their roles and how they can help us. This activity will help children learn more about the essential jobs people do that help us all.

Learning activity

  • Draw or print off some pictures of a range of essential workers that have helped during the covid-19 pandemic. This may include nurses, doctors, delivery drivers, shop workers and farmers.
  • Next, find pictures of the transport they use or their place of work. For example, this might include pictures of a hospital, health centre and a delivery van.
  • Invite the children to come and play a game with you. Explain that all the ‘people cards’ match up with a ‘place of work’ or ‘transport card’. Ask the children to help you match them up.
  • As you play, chat to the children about each essential worker and what they have done to help during this time.

Extension activity

If children are enjoying this activity and keen to learn more, they could create their own picture cards to make their own game. They could also use the cards to make a memory game, turning over two cards at time to see if they go together.

National Benchmarks

Social Studies

  • Identifies at least two people who provide help in the community.
  • Talks about ways that each of those people help.

Health and Wellbeing

  • Communicates with others about different jobs in the community.

Literacy and English

  • Listens and responds to others appropriately.
  • Asks questions and responds relevantly to questions from others

Possible approach to assessing learning

Receiving examples of learning at home from children will help you understand how they are managing the tasks you have set and provide some feedback. Using whichever approaches your school uses to communicate with parents, some of the following may be useful in supporting you to assess and celebrate children’s progress:

Some parents may want to upload photos, video or comments to their child’s online learning journal. In this case, you could encourage children to share their drawings, photographs or video clips.

Please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.