In both Nursery and Reception children participate on a daily basis in activities that promote speaking and listening skills. These include sharing and talking about books, using puppets and other props, listening and distinguishing between sounds both in the environment and through use of voice and instruments. We use sound bags to support the children's sound discrimination in a multisensory way.
We encourage children to take turn to both speak and listen to each other during all interactions and adults constantly model this.
We consolidate this in games and during small group activities.