EYFS Communication, Language and Literacy

At Grove Street Primary our collective aim and intent is to develop pupils’ abilities through an integrated programme of spoken language, reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary development. A broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English is applied across the curriculum, allowing for the consolidation of taught skills within all learning. We provide a rich environment in which all children can enjoy learning, build self-esteem and develop life-long reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.


We strive for all learners to experience success from the earliest possible stage in order to reach an age-related or higher level of reading and writing by the end of Year 6. 


We believe in giving our youngest children the best start in their learning journey by providing fun and relevant learning opportunites based on quality texts and extensive research into good practice. 


In the 2020-21 academic year we have chosen to be an early adopter school which means we will be assessing the children's development using the new Early Learning Goals.


The Early Learning Goals for Communication, Language and Literacy are:


Communication and Language


  • Listen carefully and respond appropriately when being read to and during whole-class and small group discussions;
  • Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding;
  • Hold conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teachers and peers.


  • Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using new vocabulary;
  •  Offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of new vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate;
  •  Express their ideas using full sentences, with modelling and support from their teacher.




  • Demonstrate understanding of what they have read and has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and new vocabulary;
  • Anticipate – where appropriate – key events in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems;
  • Use new vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role-play.

Word Reading

  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs;
  •  Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending;
  • Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including common exception words.


  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed;
  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters;
  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.

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