Children must be able to draw upon  a range of well developed communication skills to maximise their learning opportunities at school.

Ideally, a child entering or currently attending school, should have achieved the following skills:

  • Understands and follows long and unfamiliar instructions.
  • Forms sentences with correct word use and placement.
  • Uses correct pronouns, such as he, she, they, you, me, her, his, theirs, mine, etc.
  • Has a large vocabulary of around 10 thousand words.
  • Understands similarities and opposites.
  • Understands categories and relationships between words.
  • Understands and enjoys telling jokes and silly stories.
  • Tells long and imaginative stories.
  • Listens to and can recount simple stories.
  • Makes friends and interacts well with adults and peers.

During their early primary school years, children’s language will continue to develop, including:

  • Significant increases in their vocabulary.
  • Producing complex sentences with multiple components.
  • Using time based words, such as then, before, now, after, when, and while correctly.
  • Explaining complex concepts or situations.
  • Telling coherent and easy-to-follow stories with a notable sequence from start, to middle, to end.
  • Listening to and summarising long stories.
  • Becoming aware of and able to use letters and numbers.

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If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s communication or literacy development, you can contact us here.
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