Ages and stages
At this age children use language in many different ways - to explain, describe, question and share. They ask questions and discuss ideas and information to communicate and develop their thinking and learning.
Building it into your day
At this age your child is likely to know what they like and will want to follow up on their interests. Interacting with your child throughout the day and giving them opportunities to practise what they’re learning through real life situations can make a big difference. You can help them to find books, look up information, write about things they like and do activities that reflect what they are interested in through every day activities.
- Chat to your child – ask them to show you something interesting they have learnt at school, from their friends or on the internet. Talking and listening helps build their communication skills particularly when they feel that you listen to them.
- Involve your child in maths you do every day - shopping, discussing time and dates, budgets, DIY and cooking.
- Be encouraging about what your child is reading and try not to be too judgemental. If they are not reading much, go to your local library for ideas about books. Your child is most likely to read and write about things they are interested in.
- Encourage your child to write - shopping lists, cards and messages for friends - and to use calendars to record what they have done and for planning.
- Find out about what they are doing in school. Talk to your child’s teacher about how to support their learning at home.
- Play board and other games with your child. Games such as Scrabble, the TV programme Countdown and card games.