Communication and Language

Communication and Language

Communication and Language are central to children’s learning across the whole curriculum.

The whole campus has been part of the “Hello2You” Communication and Language Project, supported by Professor Helen Bilton from Reading University.  There is an emphasis on the teaching of key vocabulary and working in partnership with parents, to raise children’s Communication and Language Skills. We support our children with becoming good communicators by creating an enabling environment that stimulates conversation throughout all areas of the curriculum.  Well thought out experiences, interesting displays and their own folders, give the children interesting things to talk about.  Visits to Burnham Beeches are often a breakthrough for some children’s talk. All children learn to use some Makaton signs, eg to say good morning or afternoon to everyone, or to accompany a song. Key signs highlight connective words used during story-telling “Pie Corbett style”.

We start with Mr Zigger & Mr Zagger.  Watch Pie Corbett in this short link to find out more:

https://www.teachertube.com/videos/mr-zigger-and-mr-zagger-216447

PECS symbols are used to support some children with Special Educational Needs or English as an additional language to further develop their communication skills.  Short engaging group-times help to develop Listening and Attention Skills.  Music, instruments, songs, stories and rhymes all play a very important part.  Adults model language, ask open-ended questions and build on children’s prior knowledge to increase their understanding. Children are more likely to talk and to achieve deeper learning if they are following their own interests or fascinations.  By “planning in the moment” during free-flow, teachable moments are identified and individualised learning takes place. Children learn to use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences.  Role-play and small-world toys give the children opportunities to develop their imaginative and speaking skills.