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Even the youngest pupils talk with confidence of the three Bible stories which exemplify the vision of achieving, believing and caring.

Siams, Jan 2020

EYFS Communication and Language

The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and
development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for
language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have
with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By
commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with
new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children’s language effectively. Reading
frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems,
and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range
of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive. Through conversation, story-telling and
role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher, and
sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich
range of vocabulary and language structures.