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Communication and Language

At the end of Reception children will be expected to:

Listening and attention

  • follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.


  • express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.
  • use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.
  • develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
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