What’s all the talking about?

At the core of our ‘Damers Big Project 2013-14’ is the development of spoken language. Research shows that ‘TALK’ is central to all learning from a child’s early language development in the first years of their life when they start to make sense of the world. Learning to talk is one of the most visible achievements of early childhood.
Did you know?

A child’s use of language has a significant impact on their cognitive and academic ability.

Early language experiences can determine health, education and economic participation for the rest of a child’s life.

Every year, more than 200 million children under five years old fail to reach their full cognitive and social potential as a result of poor language development.

How can talk help?

  • Talking enables us to make connections so crucial to our learning
  • Our ideas and thoughts are constructed through interaction
  • Talking helps us to clarify concepts
  • We can master the language of any subject
  • Talking enables us to solve problems and explain our ideas
  • Through talk we can reason and justify
  • By interacting with others we can cooperate, collaborate and make important decisions through shared discussion about our own and others learning
  • Talking is a major part of reflecting on and evaluating our learning and behaviours

We believe by designing our curriculum to provide exciting and positive opportunities for language development we will help to ensure that every child reaches his or her potential and is a productive part of a rapidly changing, global society.