Communication and Language

Welcome to Communication and Language in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Throughout your child’s year in Reception we look at three areas of Communication and Language: Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.
We teach all of the children these skills through direct teaching, games and specific communication strategies, such as Makaton signing. We have outlined the Early Learning Goals for you (from the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage Document) so you can see what we are teaching your child, in preparation for Year One.

The Early Learning Goal for Listening and Attention is:
Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

The Early Learning Goal for Understanding is:
Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

The Early Learning Goal for Speaking is:
Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
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We have also introduced Percy Penguin’s PLOD’s (Possible Lines of Development). Percy Penguin is our Building Learning Power (BLP) character, who keeps trying when he finds new learning difficult. Percy Penguin PLOD’s are sent home to encourage your child to work on a specific skill. An example of a PLOD, saying the initial sound within a word. These are designed to work at home, as well as school, so that we are working together in partnership for your child.
If you have thought of a PLOD for your child, please see your child’s teacher to get a Percy Penguin sheet!

As always, please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like any more information on the Foundation Stage at Mayflower Community Academy.