Hungerford Nursery School Centre for Children and Families
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Communication and Language Curriculum
The EYFS 2017 states that:
“Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.”
Intent of Communication and Language Development
We aim to support all our children to become effective communicators, to be able to listen, receive and process information and ideas and to be capable of expressing their thoughts and feelings in a meaningful way to others. We believe well-developed communication and language skills will provide a firm foundation for children’s overall development. We strongly believe in developing attention and listening skills and stimulating a love of words extending vocabulary. We also believe and recognise the importance of developing our children’s love of reading by sharing with them a wide range of texts and by teaching them early phonic skills that will support their reading development.
Implementation of Communication and Language Development
- Daily routines reassure children as they begin to understand the structure of the day and predict what is coming next.
- Visual timetables support children who aren't able to understand verbal prompts yet.
- Makaton and PECS symbols available to support at all times.
- Continuous provision of resources that encourage independence and choice.
- Adult Modelling and Interactions. The role of the adult is to support children developing their communication skills during the session in play including how to be part of a two or three way conversation.
- Use of 'WOW the words' pyramids to grow vocabulary
- Group Times allow story and singing time opportunities to support and develop vocabulary and story genres, non-fiction books.
- Tales toolkit and Helicopter stories promote children’s understanding of story structure. Use of story props to support understanding
- PECS to support needs and wants being met for SEND
- Forest School opportunities allow the children to develop their listening and attention skills and widen their exploration and understanding of the world around us
- New experiences and visits help children to broaden their experiences and encourage ‘talk’. Focussing on new words using the word wall
- Explorer club using the local community experiences for children who need support to broaden their experiences and give them ‘time to talk’
- Attention groups to develop all Communication and Language skills, for example, ‘bucket time’, ‘what’s in the box’, ‘rhythm and rhyme’ sessions
- Colourful Semantics to support children’s development of phrases