Communication and language

In reception, communication and language development is valued as the foundations for learning and is at the forefront of everything we do.

The children experience lots of rich language opportunities which support the development of their skills in speaking, listening, understanding and expression within a range of situations.

Vocabulary children will be regularly exposed to through Communication and Language Development

Listen Attention Discuss, discussion Explain
Think Understand Question Describe
Talk Speak Ideas Sentences
Book Story Fiction Non-fiction, factual
Rhymes Poems News  

Early Learning Goals

ELG: Listening, Attention and Understanding

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions;
  • make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding; and
  • hold conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.

ELG: Speaking

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary;
  • offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate; and
  • express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.


West Ashton curriculum Date  
Communication and language progression map 16th Apr 2024 Download