L&D: Communication & Language – Part 1/3

June 4th, 2013

Aspect: Listening & Attention


This is the fifth blog in our series on the 7 areas of learning & development (L&D). So far we have looked at what the 7 areas of L&D are and have discussed why they are important. We have also looked at the ‘Personal, Social & Emotional development’ area of L&D and suggested activities that promote each of the three aspects which sit within that area.

We now move to look at the second prime area of L&D: Communication & Language. This area of L&D consists of 3 parts, which are known as ‘Aspects’. Each aspect leads to one of the 17 EYFS early learning goals (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five). The diagram below shows how the Communication & Language area is made up of three aspects and three early learning goals:

C&L overview diagram















The EYFS framework document describes how “Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations”.  The three aspects each support this aim.

In this blog we focus on the first aspect within the prime area of Communication & Language: Listening & Attention.

Listening & Attention

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I hope these suggested activities have given you some inspiration. You could incorporate them into your planning as ad hoc activities or as part of a wider theme. For example the Outdoor sounds bingo activity could be part of a month’s theme on the environment. In our next blog in the series we move to look at the second aspect within the Communication & Language area of L&D: Understanding.



Thanks for reading,


Source used in the document:

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, DfE 2012

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage, DfE 2012


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