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Communication & Language

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Listening and attention: Children will learn to listen to each other and adults in a range of situations. Staff will support children to focus on things that interest them, so that their attention and concentration grows. Motivating and interesting stories, poems and rhymes will be regularly shared so that children learn to accurately anticipate key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.

Understanding: Staff will work alongside children to develop an understanding of language whilst playing, exploring and learning. They will support children to describe, explain, predict and follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They will learn to answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking: Children will learn to express themselves effectively, showing a growing awareness of listeners’ needs. They will have opportunities to talk about the past and present when speaking about events that have happened to them, and to think and talk about events that are happening in the future. Through role play, small world play, story-telling and discussions children will develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

How can parents and carers help?

  • Talking to your child, sharing experiences, remembering together, listening to them and encouraging through genuine questions do more to prepare them for school than any other activity.
  • Children who come to school able to express their needs and willing to listen to others are much more likely to settle in quickly and absorb learning more readily.  Your child should learn to be a good listener, taking turns in a conversation, and not just a forceful talker.  We want them to be able to express themselves clearly and with confidence.
  • Join in with their imaginative play, ask questions, and get them to make decisions, have opinions.
  • The learning of nursery rhymes, songs and poems cannot be over emphasised and is an enjoyable and valuable activity.
  • The rhymes help them to notice the sounds in words and the tunes help them to remember the words.