Look who’s talking in EYFS

More and more children seem to be entering early years with underdeveloped communication skills. Here, teacher Jacqui Pedder offers some advice on getting those pupils up to speed in Reception

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“Twinkle, twinkle little car, I have got a chocolate bar!”

Rowan jokes, his friends listen and giggle. Matty then improvises his own verse.

“Twinkle, twinkle little star, put a fishy in a jar!” They all collapse with laughter.

This is no frivolous playground game. Through singing, what these children are actually doing is improving their reading skills. Yes, really.

Speaking and listening skills form an important foundation for just about every area of children’s development, including reading. Children are born hardwired to communicate, but good communication doesn’t just happen by itself ...

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