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Communication and Language and Literacy – Autumn 2021

Communication and Language is one of the Prime Areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage and many of our children are learning English as an additional language.

Children in Nursery listen to stories during each session and we spend time talking about the story together. They are learning to talk about what has happened in the story and this is helping them to use longer sentences and to respond to questions.

Children also enjoy daily singing and rhyme times. They love learning new songs and enjoy songs with actions and playing ring games.

We place importance on talking and conversation – talking to adults or friends and listening and responding appropriately. New vocabulary is learnt through activities such as playing games in small groups, gardening and planting bulbs, cooking or on seasonal walks. Children are encouraged to talk and share ideas with each other in our group times and to share news from home at fruit time or in our regular themed show and tell sessions.

We use our Book Corner and our displays to encourage conversation by displaying items for children to explore together.

Children enjoy our role play areas both inside and in our nursery garden. This play helps them to learn to use appropriate conversation in a variety of settings.