Our Palatine curriculum includes communication as a core area for pupil’s learning. Within our curriculum, pupils are supported to develop their expressive and receptive communication skills to;
- Express themselves, their wants and needs and thoughts, expressing these in their own forms of communication developing their skills to use new vocabulary, extending the length of the phrases and sentences that they use to communicate through using linking words and descriptive words to make their expression more detailed learning how to make what they are expressing and communicating grammatically accurate i.e. using correct verb tenses, pronouns, plurals.
- Initiate, maintain and extend their interactions with others by developing their skills to initiate interactions with others, respond to others interactions positively i.e. in turn taking games and scenarios, responding to communication from others appropriately i.e. by responding in a conversation about a similar theme and as they extend their communication, developing being able to extend conversations and keep conversation flowing using appropriate social communication cues and skills such as eye contact, body language, intonation.
- Develop their attention and listening through developing their ability to attend in 1:1 situations, then within larger adult directed situations and into larger groups and audiences so that their attention and listening is across a range of environments and situations. Pupils will demonstrate their attention through being able to respond to questions, follow instructions and as they extend their attention, recalling instructions where they are not immediately given as well as responding to instructions where there is more than one part.
- Develop their understanding of vocabulary, communication and the world around them through exposure to new words and linking them to what they mean, developing their understanding of the function of items, and being able to categorise objects into common groups of similarities/ properties and uses. They will demonstrate their increasing understanding through being able to answer a range of question words beginning with simple questions (who, what’s next) and building to complex question words (why and how)
At Palatine we are a total communication school
This means we use a range of communication approaches
- to enable children to communicate and give them a voice
- to support pupils to understand and regulate their behaviour
- to support pupils to understand their day and their routines