Communication & Language
Communication and language
“The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children's language effectively. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive. Through conversation, story-telling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher, and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures.” EYFS Statutory Framework 2021
INTENT: We want our children in nursery & reception to be confident communicators, able to talk about their feelings and activities. We want them to be able to hold a conversation, to retell stories and rhymes and to sing songs.
IMPLEMENTATION: Quality interactions with adults and peers are key to building on the children’s communication skills. Using ambitious vocabulary, alongside quality story texts, will develop the language. This happens in daily routines, small group storytelling time and through the children’s play. We use the ‘WellComm’ toolkit as a resource to support those who need extra support with speech, language and communication.
As the children progress within the phase, they talk with adults and peers about new experiences, making links to previous learning and communicate to deepen existing friendships and language. During their reception year, children continue to meet new vocabulary through story times, key whole class texts and through their day-to-day learning and play. In addition to RWI (Read Write Inc.) phonics teaching, we also use the ‘WellComm’ programme as additional language support for appropriate learners.
IMPACT: We will monitor the impact to ensure children are ‘on track’ in the developmental age band 3 -4 years to show that they are clear communicators, have extended their vocabulary and can clearly express their thoughts.
Children in Reception will be confident to talk to adults and peers about their experiences, ideas and feelings using new and embedded vocabulary.