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Parent workshop – Communication and Language

Information Sessions for Parents/Carers about

Communication and Language (C&L) in the EYFS


We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents/carers who attended the Communication and Language sessions over the last few weeks. Again, from the feedback received, the parents definitely enjoyed the opportunity to learn about this area of our curriculum.

The sessions offered parents/carers the opportunity to come into the Foundation Stage setting to learn about the expectations of our curriculum; how children develop their listening, understanding and speaking skills; and what this looks like in practice. We discussed ways in which children can be supported to develop their communication and language skills, both at home and in school and parents/carers explored (with the children) a range of activities within the setting. The photos below show how much fun everyone had!

If you were unable to attend these sessions, here are some of the key points that we discussed:

  • ‘Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.’
  • ‘Language is the key to learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and beyond. The acquisition of language is the single most important and complex skill a child learns in their first five years.’
  • Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (September 2014)
  • Communication and Language (C&L) is one of the prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and as such, underpins successful learning in the specific areas, including Literacy and Mathematics.
  • The Communication and Language area of learning has three strands: ‘Listening and attention’, ‘Understanding’ and ‘Speaking’.
  • Children’s abilities to express their ideas fluently, drawing upon a rich store of words, expressions, sentences and different types of language, have been created by many, many conversations with interested adults.
  • The following strategies can make a big difference, when communicating with your child :
  • Be face-to-face with your child: every time you talk to your child make sure you are face-to-face with them and down at their level – this makes it easier for them to hear what you say and see your mouth moving.
  • Help them focus on you talking, by making sure you have their attention before you talk to them.
  • Talk slowly and clearly so that they have a chance to keep up with what you say.
  • Showing objects or pictures and using gestures that go with what you say really helps children learn what words mean.
  • Switch off the TV, phones, computers, etc., so there are no distractions whilst you play and interact with your child; giving them all your attention without distractions in the background will enable them to concentrate more on their communication with you.
  • Always respond to your child when they try to communicate with you: let them know that what they have to say is important to you – this will motivate them to keep trying.
  • There is a useful guide which explains the stages of development along with ideas/tips as to how you can help your child’s learning and development. It is called, ‘What to expect, when?’ and can be found on our website, at the bottom of the following web page:


There will be further curriculum information sessions next term; details to follow soon. We hope to see you there!

Year 5 Anglo Saxons adventure

On Wednesday both Y5 classes visited the Wildwoods at Escot. We had a great day finding out lots about life over 1000 years ago. When we arrived we got to let off steam in the maze. Well done to Ethan who made it out first! Some of us explored the woods and learnt about the Saxon landscape and which foods they found in the hedgerows. We also got to see wildlife that would have roamed the heavily- wooded countryside in those times.

We also got to explore the authentic, smoky Saxon village. We dressed up and all had a go at the different jobs that needed to be done. Anglo-Saxon children did not go to school but they did have to work hard! They also had to be ready to defend themselves (perhaps not against bananas!) If you told lies, or stole the precious ox then you could end up in the stocks or be sold as a slave!!


DSCF5873 from Exwick Heights on Vimeo.

My Mum

My Mum – Anthony Browne

Our focus this week has been on our families and in particular how important our mums are. The children have been talking about all the things that you mummies do to help them and how they love all the hugs and kisses that you give them. Hopefully you received the cards that the children have made for you.

The role play area became a house this week and both the girls and the boys have been busily looking after the babies, hoovering, washing and cooking. They have also been baking and decorating cakes and biscuits for their mums.

The story ‘My Mum’ has some lovely descriptive vocabulary about mums including; “being as soft as a kitten” and “as beautiful as a butterfly”. We then extended the children’s understanding of this vocabulary within their play opportunities. For example: we had ‘soft’ shaving foam to mark-make in, tyre races to build ‘strength’, fabric to make ‘butterfly’ wings and lots of digging in the garden, making us great ‘gardeners’.

Red Nose Day was also very exciting. The children were involved with many activities including making funny-face biscuits, wrapping people in bandages, face painting and dancing.


  • We are still in need of bags of soil and any seeds or plants if you have any to donate





Home Learning for My Mum

Happy Mother’s Day from Year 1

This week in Year 1 we have been learning all about money! The children have been looking at different coins, ordering them and beginning to use them to make different amounts. They are all mini bankers / shop-keepers in the making! Why not have a game of shops at the weekend and let them count out the change to pay for pretend food or little toys?

In Science, we have continued to look at plants and flowers. Homework this week is to find and write about the different Spring flowers that you can see out and about in gardens and parks.

Our English work is top secret…….we have been preparing a little something for our lovely mummies. We hope you like it! Have a wonderful, relaxing day on Sunday mums (and dads) and thank you for all that you do to support your children. The Year 1 Team

Family Workshop- Week 5 RAW- Developing Thinking and Understanding

This week we looked at the importance of setting appropriate boundaries with our children and what these look like in our homes. We explored parenting analogy’s such as the sheep analogy and the nurture structure highway. We also discussed the impact external factors have on our parenting. The second part of the session with the children was spent exploring a range of activities laid out before sharing a story together.

Another busy week in year 2!

This week in year 2 children have been finishing their independent non-fiction writing with each class taking a different focus, such as ‘A day in the life of a…’ or information about a particular type of animal. They have been showing how to use commas, apostrophes for possession (Sam’s ball) and for omission (don’t) as well as using noun phrases and question marks. We are all very impressed with the writing we’ve seen this week.

In D&T the children are enjoying making ‘That’s not my…’ sensory books based around the cardboard books many of them have read as toddlers.

The children have really enjoyed learning where in the world their food comes from during topic work, investigating information on packages and working out how far it has travelled.

Homework this week is for children to investigate packets of food found in their cupboard and see where it has come from. If they want to work out air miles for their meal they can use a food miles calculator on;

Have a wonderful weekend.