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Communication & Language

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Communication and Language is broken down into three aspects:

  1. Listening and Attention
  2. Understanding
  3. Speaking


Nursery Rhymes/Action Songs 

Singing Nursery Rhymes to children can help develop their communication and Language skills. Introducing children to a variety of rhymes can help them to learn about different sounds. This is an important part of developing early literacy skills. 

Action songs medley | Early Years - Nursery Rhymes

An animated and subtitled collection of popular action nursery rhyme songs, including: 'The grand old Duke of York', 'Incy wincy spider', '1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, once I caught a fish alive', 'A sailor went to sea, sea,sea', The wheels on the bus', 'When I was one I sucked my thumb' and 'Wind the bobbin up'.

Listening Walks

Children may hear what you say but not listen to what you say. Listening to language involves hearing the sounds, attending to them and thinking about them, children need time to tune into the sounds around them. They need time to practise listening to a range of different sounds to develop the skill. 

Listening out for environmental sounds.

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