Communication and Language

Speech, language and communication skills are crucial to young children's overall development. Children need oral language skills in order to:

  • Learn; children need to understand what you are teaching them and then develop their understanding by speaking to adults and peers. 
  • Express themselves; oral language helps children to express their emotions and regulate their behaviour. 
  • Socialise; children communicate to make friends, join in activities and develop a sense of belonging. 

Good oral language skills are the foundation for learning how to read, and children who use a wide range of vocabulary and grammar early on become better readers in primary school. It is proven that those children progress at a faster rate as they are able to read more complex texts earlier on and further build their skills. 

Oral skills are also needed to develop mathematical ability and are critical for children's social and emotional development. 

At Bowness we believe that these skills are paramount to our pupils development, following research we now participate in the NELI programme. This is a specialist intervention programme which has been proven to help young children overcome language difficulties. It is designed for children aged 4-5 years and combines small group work with one-to-one sessions delivered by trained staff and will target vocabulary, narrative skills, active listening and the children’s ability to hear and distinguish sounds.