BerkswichCE Primary School

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Communication and Language

Communication and Language (CL)


  • Listening and attention (LA): 
    • children listen attentively in a range of situations. 
    • they listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions of actions. 
    • they give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
  • Understanding (U):  
    • children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. 
    • they answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
  • Speaking (S): 
    • children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. 
    • they use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. 
    • they develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


Children are encouraged to listen carefully and respond in a variety of ways on a daily basis. These opportunties include joining in with whole class, group and individual activities, as well as joining in with whole school assemblies and school plays.