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Communication & Language

Speech, language and communication underpin everything we do – making our needs known, expressing our likes and dislikes, interacting with others and building relationships.

At York Road Nursery School children are encouraged to listen to a wide range of stories, songs, poems and nursery rhymes and we aim for them to anticipate key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.

Listening and Attention, Understanding, Speaking

Children practise following instructions involving several ideas or actions. They are helped to answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories and events.

Children learn to express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They begin to use past, present and future forms when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They start to develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

At York Road nursery we promote an inquisitive classroom through:

‘News time’: child led discussions and opportunities to share experiences through our weekly ‘news time’ where children bring in something of interest to talk about from their weekend.

Library corner: books are provided in class or in our library for children to read at choice, take home, share with an adult or ‘read’ books for their friends.

Spoken language: Teachers model the appropriate use of language to help children express themselves using sentences.

Role Play: Recreating roles and experiences through role play, using puppets and other drama activities help build a rich vocabulary. Children may choose to retreat to our new sensory room for quiet conversation and reading as well as for imaginative and dramatic play.

Music and poetry: We recognise that songs and poetry help children express themselves in different ways which include hearing rhyme and early alliteration.