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Communication and Language

Communication and Language Development is one of the three Prime Areas to a child's development. Without these skills, children will not understand how to seek out others, form friendships, communicate to other peers and adults or have the understanding to listen to what is being said to them. It also develops attention and concentration skills and so it is important that we provide opportunity to:

- Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language
- Explore and experiment with sounds, words and texts
- Listen and respond to stories, songs, music, rhymes and poems
- To make up their own stories, songs, music, rhymes and poems
- To use language to imagine and re-create roles and experiences
- To use talk to organise, sequence and clarify their thinking, ideas, feelings and events

- To sustain attentive listening and respond to what they have heard by relevant comments, questions or actions
- To interact with others, negotiate plans and activities and take turns in conversation
- To extend their vocabulary and explore the meaning and sound of new words
- Retell narratives in the correct sequence, using the language patterns of stories
- Speak clearly and audibly and with confidence and control, and show awareness of the listener, such as using greetings and 'please' and 'thank you'