Communication and Language


My speech and language is assessed on-entry to nursery using “WellComm”. Progress is tracked closely by my teachers and I am assessed again at three monthly intervals. If there are concerns about how my speech and language are developing I will be given more support by outside agencies. My parents or carers will be informed of my level of development and ways they can support me at home. 

I will enjoy listening to longer stories and can remember much of what happens. I use a wider range of vocabulary. I understand a question or instruction that has two parts. I understand “why” questions. I sing many songs. I know many rhymes, be able to talk about familiar books, and be able to tell a long story. I will develop my communication but may continue to have problems with irregular tenses and plurals. I may have problems saying some sounds and some multisyllabic words. I can use longer sentences of 4-6 words. I am able to express a point of view and debate when I disagree. I can start a conversation with an adult or a friend and continue it for many turns. I use talk to organise myself and my play. I can use sentences joined up with words like “because”, “or”, “and”.


When I enter reception “NELI” is used to assess my communication and language attainment and from this and from information from nursery and WellComm assessments I will receive extra support if needed. 

I understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important. I will learn new vocabulary and use it through the day in different contexts. I will questions to find out more and to check my understanding. I will use well-formed sentences. I will use talk to help work out problems and organise my thinking and activities. I will develop social phrases. I will engage in storytimes. I will be able to retell a story using exact repetition and some in my own words. I will learn rhymes, poems and songs. I will engage in non-fiction books developing a deep familiarity with new knowledge and vocabulary.