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Speaking and Listening


Encourage your child to talk to you, other children and other adults. This will help to develop their vocabulary, organisation, sequencing skills and confidence.


Encourage your child to:

  • pronounce words correctly

  • use full sentences in speech

  • sing songs and rhymes

  • talk about things they enjoy

  • retell well known stories

  • talk about family outings

  • talk about school

  • listen to stories and rhymes

  • answer questions about a story they have just heard, e.g. ‘Why was Little Red Riding Hood going to Granny’s house?’

  • listen to others speaking

  • take turns in a conversation

  • play listening games such as Lotto

  • follow simple instructions e.g. ‘put the cups on top of the cupboard’.