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Communication and Language and Literacy

Communication and Language and Literacy


Learning in these two areas of learning are intrinsically interlinked. 

Commmunication and Language encompasses speaking listening and understanding and Literacy  focuses on the elements of reading and mark making/ writing. Children are encouraged to explore and  find out  about communicating and are supported to become more confident to communicate in a range of different ways. Communication, Language and Literacy learning is often closely linked with other areas. Through Communication and Language and Literacy activities, children are encouraged to speak, listen and role play.  They are read to and begin to read, they are encouraged to look for and hear sounds and also and take part in activities which encourage and support mark making and writing in a variety of situations and for a range of purposes.


Why it’s important.

By having an early understanding of the spoken and written language helps children to make sense of the world around them and when children can listen and communicate effectively they are more able to build relationships and participate more fully in society.


What it means for the children...

  • Learning to communicate with other children and adults so that they can build relationships and participate fully in activities

  • Learning to listen to what is said to them and respond to what they hear

  • Enjoying listening to and joining in with lots of different stories, songs, rhymes and poems.

  • Beginning to learn about the different sounds and letters that make up words.

  • Becomming confident to make marks using lots of different tools  such as brushes, crayons and their fingers.

  • Starting to make marks  and ‘write’ use for lots of different purposes and begin to talk about their ‘writing'.


What we do...

  • Support children to communicate their ideas and thoughts, by talking, using pictures and signing.

  • Listen to children and model good talking and good listening with others.

  • Provide a wide variety of books both inside nursery and out in the garden.

  • Read to children and support them to look at the books and join in with lots of songs and rhymes each day.

  • Drawing children’s attention to all the writing and print in the nursery environment, to help them to recognise and become more familiar with sounds, letters and words.

  • Give children lots of purposeful opportunities to mark make and write and help them to talk about what they’ve written.

  • Model writing in nursery and scribe what the children say to record their ideas.