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Welcome to home learning in N1

25.01.21   Developing children’s Understanding Skills

This week we will be looking at developing children’s understanding skills.

Understanding, or developing comprehension, is a fundamental part of interpreting spoken language. It is important to be able to distinguish between situations where a child may be following an established routine, or responding to gestures rather than understanding the spoken word. As children develop their understanding and build up a large receptive vocabulary they become more able to make sense of complex sentences and questions. These skills are essential for reading comprehension and for making sense of information in all other areas of learning.


How you can help your child to develop his/her speaking skills.

  • Say your child’s name to get her attention before telling her something.
  • Keep your language simple so it is easy to understand.
  • Read stories together and talk about what happens next.
  • Play simple games where play people or animals are moved around – up, down, in, out.
  • Use words like big and little, tall and short to describe things.
  • Ask simple questions; ‘Who is that?, What is he doing?’, ‘Where’s the dog?’
  • Commentate on what’s going on and say why some things are happening.




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It has been very snowy. We hope you have had a chance to wrap up warm and enjoy the snow. 

Please send us photos of you playing in the snow. We would love to look at them in nursery. 




This week you could draw a face with your child.

It help their language as you name  body parts  and talk about feelings. 

It is lovely to keep their drawings so don't forget to date them.

The link for these activities is below 



18.01.21         Listening and attention skills
This week we are going to develop our listening and attention skills through many different activities. It is very important for young children to be able to develop how to listen and pay attention. This then helps them learn to develop their speaking and understanding skills.

Helping your child to develop their listening skills
You could use the ideas below as starting points to help you do this.
● Notice what your child is interested in and encourage him to stay focused on things he enjoys doing.
● Try occasionally just having a few things out to play with so there is less to distract him.
● Sing nursery rhymes and encourage him to listen and join in with the words he knows.
● Make story reading into a ‘performance’ by using lots of different voices.
● At quiet times of the day listen together to the sounds you can hear around the house.
● Out on a walk listen together for the sounds of birds singing, dogs barking or the traffic roaring.

● Be a good role model by looking at your child when he’s talking and listening to what he has to say.

Hello! Can you help me?

I need a name; can you give me a name?

I am going to be doing lots of work with you this term. 

Today I will be introducing the colour red, look I am wearing a red top.

Can you find lots of things at home which are the colour red?

I would love to hear from you. If you take photos of all the red objects you collect, send them to the email address below and I will display them on my wall.


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