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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Communication and Language


Reception Curriculum Progression and Expectations

Communication and Language Development

It is expected children will be secure at 40 - 60 months by the end of the Autumn term, begin working on the early learning goals in Spring term and securing these by the end of summer term.


  • Children can listen to others and concentrate fully during an activity/task/situation.  
  • Children can communicate own ideas, respond appropriately to others and ask questions. 
  • Children can use vocabulary appropriately for imaginative play (including role-play), language is used to explain in full sentences and there is an awareness of different tenses.  


Summer Term




They give their full attention to what others say in a range of situations. 

Adults to support children by modelling good listening skills by taking turns, waiting until someone has finished and using polite words such as “Please” “Thank you” “May I...?”  “Will you...?” Children are encouraged to do the same and are able to the majority of the time. 

Children respond to what others say, sharing their own ideas, comments or questions. 

Building on the learning from the previous terms, children are encouraged to listen to others and respond by asking questions or making comments. Adult encourage children to elaborate on their ideas by asking open ended questions.

They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.

Children are given opportunities to share their work or talk about events (show and tell/ circle time). Adults ask questions to encourage children to use the correct tense e.g “How did you make that?” or “what are you going to do this weekend?” If needed, adults to model using the correct tense and encourage children to do the same. 

Children to use full sentences to respond to how and why questions.

Adults to ask how and why questions to provide children with the opportunity to respond. Adults to encourage children to use full sentences, children may need a prompt with this e.g. “can

you tell me again using a full sentence?”



  • Children’s listening skills are developed to enable them to learn modelled examples, hold attention and develop a breadth of vocabulary/language.
  • Children can express their ideas and explain their understanding to support teacher assessment. They begin to understanding questioning words for teacher assessment and ask questions to support/enrich their learning or ask for help.
  • Children’s abilities to use language and vocabulary in the correct contexts, helps to support their writing (full sentences). Children will also be able to act out imaginative or role-play narratives for a purpose and with understanding.