Communication & Language
In the Early Years one of the prime (most important) areas of development is the child’s communication and language skills. The children need to have good communication and language skills to be able to achieve in all the core subjects at school (reading, writing and maths).
‘If you can think it, you can say it.
If you can say it, you can write it.
If you can write it, you can read it!’
All the staff in Early Years at Moston Lane are committed to improving children’s communication and language skills throughout every aspect of the day. Some of the ways we do this are by asking open ended questions, giving the children sentence starters, exposing children to new vocabulary and mainly giving children time to talk to practise and improve their skills! We also use talk partners in Nursery and Reception giving children the chance to practise articulating their ideas and knowledge effectively to their peers.
We provide the children with a wide range of experiences linked to a breadth of different topics to introduce them to new language and vocabulary and then provide them with opportunities during their play (indoor and outdoor) to use and practise the new vocabulary they have learnt. When reading or investigating a topic we highlight any WOW words to children, these could be words the children have not come across before or are exciting/interesting words, then we write these words in our vocabulary books and come back to them throughout the week! Research states that a child needs to hear/use a word 12 times before they fully understand the word so we revisit these words as much as possible to increase children’s vocabulary banks. If you would like to practise some key vocabulary at home then please look on the knowledge organiser for your child’s current topic and all the key words are down the right-hand side!
At Moston Lane we LOVE to role play! In our role play areas the children have the opportunity to become anyone they want to be and be involved in an exciting world of imagination with their friends. Role play situations are full of opportunities for the children to practise their communication and language skills and we make sure we provide lots of chances throughout the day, for the children to engage in the world of role play!