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Children’s oral language plays a vital role in their writing development. They need to have lots of opportunities to experiment with spoken language, and to use talk to develop their ideas. If children can’t tell us their ideas, they will never be able to write them down!


Some ways of doing this include:


  • Playing with words-making up rhymes and tongue twisters.
  • Using puppets and props to retell favourite stories and make up their own.
  • Small world toys such as farm animals, train sets and doll’s houses to encourage children to use story or imaginative language.
  • Encouraging your child to speak in full sentences when describing something or asking a question.
  • Extending their vocabulary by exploring the meaning of new words.
  • Providing lots of opportunities to develop the skills for joining in a conversation.


It's very important for us all to have some time away from the distractions of technology. Make time to talk to your child about their day and listen to them, ask them questions and really show an interest in what they have to say.


In Nursery, we make sure that everyday we have small group time so that every child has the opportunity to speak and be heard. If you have any concerns about your child's speech then please come let us know. We are lucky to have a Speech & Language Therapist linked to our school who can support any child that might need some extra help.