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Language For Communication And Thinking. 1: Listens and responds. Scale points 1 – 3 are based on the children’s achievement in their preferred language Assessments to be based on child’s language use within the setting.

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Language For Communication And Thinking


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1: Listens and responds.

  • Scale points 1 – 3 are based on the children’s achievement in their preferred language

  • Assessments to be based on child’s language use within the setting


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2: Initiates communication with others, displaying greater confidence in more informal contexts.

  • Need to observe the child unobtrusively in informal contexts


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3: Talks activities through, reflecting on and modifying actions.

  • Can be observed when the child is engaged in solitary, imaginative play


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4: Listens with enjoyment to stories, songs, rhymes and poems, sustains attentive listening and responds with relevant comments, questions or actions.

  • Achievement of scale points 4 – 9 should be in English (or BSL or sign-supported English)

  • Focuses on listening and appropriate responses


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5: Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences.

Assesses some similar aspects to scale point 2

The main differences are –

  • More complex language

  • More sustained use of imaginative language

  • Use of English


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6: Interacts with others in a variety of contexts, negotiating plans and activities and taking turns in conversation.

Also assesses similar aspects to scale point 2

The main differences are –

  • More complex language

  • Wider range of contexts

  • Developing awareness of what others are saying

  • Use of English


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7: Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events, exploring the meanings and sounds of new words.

Assesses similar aspects to scale point 3

The main differences are –

  • More complex language

  • Wider range of contexts

  • Developing awareness of what others are saying

  • Use of English

  • Emphasis on use of new vocabulary


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8: Speaks clearly with confidence and control, showing awareness of the listener.

  • Confidence is the important feature

  • Child needs to speak confidently in both familiar and less familiar groups


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9: Talks and listens confidently and with control, consistently showing awareness of the listener by including relevant detail. Uses language to work out and clarify ideas, showing control of a range of appropriate vocabulary.

  • Represents a further development of aspects of scale points 6, 7 and 8

  • Child shows awareness of listener and ability to adapt language to particular situations

  • Look at handbook elaboration of scale point 9 to help understand requirements for this scale point

  • Must achieve all other scale points prior to 9


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