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Children in Reception

*Understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important.

*Learn new vocabulary.

*Use new vocabulary through the day.

*Ask questions to find out more and to check they understand what has been said to them.

*Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences.

*Connect one idea or action to another using a range of connectives.

*Describe events in some detail.

*Use talk to help work out problems and organise thinking and activities, and to explain how things work and why they might happen.

*Develop social phrases.

*Engage in story times.

*Listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding.

*Retell the story, once they have developed a deep familiarity with the text, some as exact repetition and some in their own words.

*Use new vocabulary in different contexts.

*Listen carefully to rhymes and songs, paying attention to how they sound.

*Learn rhymes, poems and songs.

*Engage in non-fiction books.

*Listen to and talk about selected non-fiction to develop a deep familiarity with new knowledge and vocabulary.