Communication and Language
Communication and Language
CAL is crucial for laying the foundations for language development and cognitive development. This is why CAL underpins all seven areas of learning and development. At Queenswell, a large proportion of children typically start with language skills below that expected for their age. This is why we put a large emphasis on the development of communication and language skills during the Early years of a child’s education at Queenswell. We aim to significantly improve children’s ability to use communication and language across all other areas of learning through a range of approaches.
We provide a language-rich environment. This includes:
|Developing language and vocabulary|
|Using new language and vocabulary in a range of contexts|
|Communication Friendly Classrooms|
|Listening, attention and understanding: Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions. Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding. Hold conversation when engaged in back and forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.|
|Speaking: Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary. Offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate. Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.|
|Pre-school: Children are confident to communicate with others to express things they need and want. They are happy to share their space with others and use a range of verbal and non-verbal communication when interacting with their peers. They use an increasing vocabulary to reflect their experiences and to support their imaginative play; and enjoy sharing books and singing songs with familiar adults.|
|Nursery: Children communicate with others effectively, using developing grammatical structures. They can collaborate with peers to build up ideas and respond to each other in appropriate ways. They use language and new vocabulary in increasingly imaginative ways. They have knowledge of a number of traditional tales and nursery rhymes.|
|Reception: Children have the ability to use communication and language across all areas of learning in order to fully participate and benefit from the wider curriculum. Children are confident communicators which is demonstrated through shared sustained thinking with others, including by asking questions. They use vocabulary that has been taught, in sentences and in context in a range of situations. Children share their own ideas about things they have learnt.|
By the end of EYFS children may know and sometimes use vocabulary such as:
Speaking and listening
who? what? when? where? how?