A huge thank you to all our parents and carers for their support over the last few months

A reminder that the last day of term for ALL children is Friday 10th July

We hope you have a safe holiday and look forward to seeing you all in September

Remember to keep an eye out for Parentmails as we will be sending out more information over the holidays

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Good news....... Good news...........Good news, we are opening for all year groups in September; we are so excited and looking forward to seeing all the children returning.........remember to keep an eye out for further information............... The last day of term for children including our key worker families, is Friday 10th July- The academy reopens 1st to 4th September..... and we say a very sad but fond farewell to all of our children, especially our year 6's. We wish you the very best of luck at your new schools and invite you back to see us at any time............ you will all be missed.
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Understanding (Receptive Language).

Once we have grasped how to pay and sustain attention, the next step in our language development is understanding Receptive Language, the language that we hear around us. 


Our attention skills and our Working Memory work together to recognise and recall words, sentences and the meaning of what others say.

There are strong links between what Practitioners call a ‘Communication Rich Environment’ and a child’s language development.


What is a Communication Rich Environment?

In the Communication Tree story, we saw how the tree needed soil to grow in.  The ‘soil’ was representing opportunity.     

In a Communication Rich Environment, there are plenty of opportunities for a child to hear others talking and describing. To experience others using making sounds, using words, joining them together to make sentences.  This will all stimulate the development of a child’s understanding of language.


Ways to create your own Communication Rich Environment.


Trips to the library/sharing a book

It is free to join the library and to borrow books.  You can join online, simply by following the following link.

Under normal circumstances, both Southampton and Shirley Library offer free story and rhyme time sessions. Adults and little ones can relax on chairs and beanbags, listen to a librarian read and then you can choose a book to borrow.

There are often sessions for older children and sessions especially for people on the Autistic Spectrum.


Once Lockdown has been lifted, check out your local library.  They are fun and no one minds children making noise these days.  If books get damaged, in my experience, the attitude is that they would rather families are enjoying the books, with a risk of a little damage, than them being sat on the shelf!

In the meantime, have a look at BorrowBox.  It’s the free online service that allows you to borrow books directly on to a smart phone,  tablet or electronic reading  devise. 

Play dates

Playing with other children is incredibly stimulating.  Familiar gestures; copying; experimenting with using language they have heard; using their imagination; turn taking and simply having fun! Again, sadly, this is one for after Lockdown. 


Boardgames and Jigsaw building together

Jigsaw’s have multiple benefits for the developing brain.  Not only do they encourage language, but spacial awareness; concentration; hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills (finger strength).

Boardgames like ‘Guess Who?’ Encourage describing and listening skills.  Both of which develop the understanding of language.   Libraries also have boardgame sessions and jigsaw time, when lockdown is over.   Look for details on your local library website.


Cooking together

Looking through recipe books and talking about the ingredients, makes cooking a lovely language rich activity.  Plus you may get something yummy to eat!   If you have the time, you could even incorporate a shopping trip to buy the ingredients. Listening, following instructions, sharing the direction in the recipe will all work towards developing your child's understanding of language.


Games to develop Working Memory                               

Thinking games like Spot the Difference, Bingo, Lotto, Pairs, Barrier Games and Kim’s Game all encourage the Working Memory to strengthen in children and adults alike. 

A stronger working memory will transfer to long term memory, all of that fabulous language being used in your Communication Rich Environment. 






To learn how the play Kim's Game, click on the link below and go to: 

Speech and Language Games for Understanding.