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Communication is one of the three Cross-Curricular Skills at the heart of the curriculum. Developing children’s communication skills enables them to express themselves socially, emotionally and physically, develop as individuals, engage with others and contribute as members of society.

Teachers should give children opportunities to engage with and demonstrate communication skills. They should also have opportunities to transfer their knowledge about communication concepts and skills to real life and meaningful contexts across the curriculum.

The modes of communication include:

  • Talking and Listening;
  • Reading; and
  • Writing.

Effective communication also includes non-verbal modes, wider literacy and using multimedia and ICT that may combine different modes.

Teachers can encourage children to become effective communicators by using a range of techniques, forms and media to convey information and ideas creatively and appropriately.

See Developmental Stages in Learning and Assessment and Reporting at Foundation Stage for more details.


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