COMMUNICATION & LANGUAGE
Following on from our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening, we thought that it would be useful to share ideas and information with the community about the areas of learning from the Foundation curriculum.
This term, we will be focusing weekly on each of the seven areas of learning, beginning with our prime areas: Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development.
We hope you find the articles interesting and helpful.
Communication and Language
How important is communication? Why do we communicate? When do we communicate? Who do we communicate with? Where do we communicate? How do we communicate?
Communication is about more than talking. It is about all the different ways children understand and communicate, only part of which is the spoken word. In actual fact, we communicate in so many different ways by what we do, what we say and how we look. We often do not even realise we are sending messages. But it is what makes us, us!!
The acquisition of language is the single most important and complex skill a child learns in their first five years. From birth, babies communicate and we, as adults, communicate with them through gestures, smiles and actions. There is so much more than just words!
Research shows that the development and use of speech, language and communication are at the heart of young children’s learning. It also explains how children’s later achievements are dependent on being able to communicate effectively. So at NAISAK, we encourage children to explore different ways of communicating. We often forget the challenges that EYFS pupils face when trying to share their thoughts and listen to others.
Children need tools to become good listeners, practising listening and attention skills for example by following instructions that are phrased as questions as part of this engaging game. We encourage children to join in with repeated refrains and anticipate events within a story, so that they feel engaged and are aware of how others are reacting to it too. We build children’s receptive and expressive language by encouraging them to articulate ideas in different ways. We encourage children to use sentences to verbally express their ideas. Circle times give children the opportunity to listen and respond as well as the chance to talk in a range of tenses about past experiences, future dreams and feelings.
You can really support this process at home by trying some of the ideas in our Foundation booklet, sharing experiences and providing the opportunity to speak and listen at home.
Asking questions like:
“What did you do today?”
“Who did you play with today?”
“What did you learn at school?”
Head of Foundation Stage