Our learning areas - Communicating

Help your child learn to talk


Introduction to ‘Communicating'

Communicating is all about conveying information through listening, speaking, describing and using pictures, words and expression. Children are encouraged to talk as well as listen, and to respond with questions or actions, perhaps anticipating the next step in a story.

Children interact with other people in lots of different ways – for example, when they look, point, smile and talk. Communicating is also about having fun with images and spoken words. Experiencing a wide range of language and styles of speaking or writing will help children express themselves, developing their own stories.

At CBeebies, we have linked our learning areas with the Early Years curricula of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Communicating links to Communication and Language (England), Languages (Scotland), Language, Literacy and Communication Skills (Wales) and Language and Literacy (Northern Ireland).

How are children’s early years supported around the UK?

There are different curricula for supporting early development in the UK, depending on where you are based. In England and Wales there is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), in Scotland there is the Curriculum for Excellence and in Northern Ireland there is the Foundation Stage.

The EYFS is used by all care and education providers working with children from birth to the age of five (or the end of reception year), developing existing knowledge, skills and understanding using a fun play-based approach.

It aims to achieve the Early Learning Goals and encourages the sharing of knowledge of your child’s achievements with the adults they are working with, recognising that all children are individual and will learn and make progress at their own pace.

The EYFS broadly covers six areas of learning, as are the Areas of Learning at the Foundation Stage in Northern Ireland which serves a similar purpose. These areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Personal Development & Mutual Understanding in Northern Ireland)
  • Physical Development (Physical Development & Movement)
  • Communication, Language and Literacy (Language & Literacy)
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (Mathematics & Numeracy)
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World (The World Around Us)
  • Creative Development (The Arts)
  • Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence provides the framework for learning for all children and young people in Scotland aged 3 to 18. The curriculum aims to ensure that every child in Scotland becomes:

  • a successful learner
  • a confident individual
  • a responsible citizen
  • an effective contributor
  • Curriculum for Excellence has 5 different levels of learning for different ages. The Early Level is mainly, but not only, for children 3-6 years.

    To read more about each curriculum and our Learning Areas have a read of the links to the right.

    Ideas for helping communication with CBeebies

    The games, songs and stories across CBeebies relate to all areas of learning from the EYFS curriculum. Here are a few ideas for activities you can do at home to support Communication, Language and Literacy Development:

  • Watch a story with Jackanory Juniors or listen to The Adventures of Abney and Teal. Once a story finishes, ask your child to tell you what happened in their own words. How about using one of the characters to make up your own fun story together?
  • Move to a rhythm and listen to the rhyming words in Hey Monkey and Do the Duck, in Boogie Beebies Song Time. Can your child make up some more silly rhyming words? The EYFS curriculum encourages children to listen with enjoyment, and respond to songs and rhymes, as well come up with their own ideas.
  • Play Timmy’s Noisy Name game. Your child can enjoy matching the sounds to the different characters. How about listening and then making some different animal sounds together? “Mooo!”
  • Play a describing game by giving clues about one of the CBeebies characters to your child. Can they guess who it is? Ask them to have a go. The EYFS curriculum encourages children to speak and interact with others, and to take turns in a conversation.
  • Explore the Alphablocks pages and watch together as the fun and colourful characters sing and say the different sounds of each letter of the alphabet. Try copying the sounds to each other. You can make it even more fun by using some silly voices!
  • Play the Kerwhizz interactive game. Encourage your child to watch carefully to see where King Pong is last seen or listen carefully as Kat Kool sings in different ways. This links to the EYFS curriculum by encouraging attentive listening and asking your child to respond to what they have heard with relevant actions.
  • By Susan Richmond

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