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, storytelling 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.

 

Opportunities to become a confident communicator at Long Furlong:

Nursery
  • Talk for Writing
  • Adults modelling how to communicate with each other. Introducing new vocabulary, modelling how to ask for things, repeating back expanded sentences to develop language
  • All communication valued
  • Visuals used throughout environment
  • Environment set up to be communication friendly. This includes quiet spaces and small areas to encourage talking together. Adults available to play with children
  • Early Talk Boost intervention
  • WellComm assessments and interventions
  • Nativity performance and sharing songs with family members
  • Take a toast order, prepare and deliver it
  • Respond to questions
Reception
  • Talk for Writing
  • Adults modelling how to communicate with each other. Introducing new vocabulary, modelling how to ask for things, repeating back expanded sentences to develop language
  • All communication valued
  • Visuals used throughout environment
  • Environment set up to be communication friendly. This includes quiet spaces and small areas to encourage talking together. Adults available to play with children
  • Early Talk Boost intervention
  • Children in Reception class will host a ‘Garden Party’ in the Summer term to welcome the next class and their families