Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

with ERS Provision

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Communication and Language

Communication is fundamental to children's development. As children develop speaking and listening skills they are building the foundations for literacy and learning. 

The EYFS group use simple Makaton signs to help communicate with friends who find it difficult. They are able to sign for 'milk' or 'water' at snack time and to simple rhymes. The group are able to listen to stories with full attention, follow & respond to instructions and express themselves confidently. 

At Hilltop we support children to develop their speech and language skills by: 

  • Making eye contact 
  • Labelling objects 
  • Effective use of questioning 
  • Speaking clearly & calmly 
  • Listening carefully 
  • Giving plenty of time for the child to respond 
  • Repeating sentences back to the child 
  • Sharing 'weekend news'