Communication and Language
We strongly believe that for children to succeed they need to have good communication skills. This is an area that is at the heart of all our learning. Children need to be able to speak confidently and fluently in a range of situations. They need to have the skills to listen to each other and adults, thinking about what they have heard and responding appropriately through comments and questions. They also need to understand what they have heard and be able to respond or act accordingly. Children take part in sessions where specific skills are taught they are then rehearsed in every area of learning. Children also need to be able to pronounce sounds and words correctly as this has a direct impact on their phonic development. Time is taken to support children correctly pronouncing new words and sounds when they are introduced.
There are three Early Learning Goals in this area:
Listening and attention: Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
Understanding: Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
Speaking: Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.