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To encourage the use of three-word sentences

Why is this important?
As language develops, children need to be able to use more words to make
longer sentences, using an increasingly varied vocabulary. This helps them
combine vocabulary and grammar to express a wide range of meanings.

What to do
• Choose from one of the following:

Teddy/doll or child’s favourite toy and everyday objects

(e.g. brush, cup, flannel).
A book with lots of pictures of everyday scenes (e.g. children at the park,
stories about going to the doctor/hairdressers).

Pretend food and objects for a tea party.
• Start by describing what the child is doing (e.g. ‘brushing doll’s hair’).
• Encourage the child to use three-word phrases by asking ‘What are you doing?’
• If the child responds with a two-word phrase, ‘add’ another word to the sentence, e.g.

Child is washing teddy’s feet with a flannel.
Adult: ‘What are you doing?’
Child: ‘Wash feet.’
Adult: ‘Well done’ and then adds ‘(You’re) washing teddy’s feet.

Shall we wash something else?’
• If the child doesn’t respond, offer a choice, e.g.

Child and adult are looking at a book showing children playing in the park.
Adult points at child on swing and says ‘Look at that; what’s she doing?’
Child looks but doesn’t say anything.
Adult: ‘Is the girl jumping on the bed or playing on the swing?’
Child: ‘Playing swing.’
Adult praises ‘Good’ and repeats or adds a word ‘Girl playing swing’.
• Everyday routines often provide the best opportunities for learning.

  • Through our Christian school and ethos, we all aim to believe in ourselves, each other, our teachers, leaders and parents. With reflection and prayer, we trust in God that our prayers will be heard. We know that every child is a child of Jesus, treating everyone with respect and dignity that they deserve.

    Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
    Matthew 7:7


  • We aim to build our pupils’ and teachers’ confidence, delight in their teaching & learning and discipline in seeking wisdom; gaining the truth, knowledge, understanding and skills they will need in their everyday lives. We offer a broad and inspiring curriculum that nurtures emotional intelligence, creativity and remembering of important knowledge. We teach and learn collaboratively leading to our pupils developing the life skills of learning.

    For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
    Proverbs 2:6


  • We aim to be the best we can be. Whilst nurturing our pupils’ and staff, we encourage and drive them to aspire to achieve their hopes and dreams. We are honest in the fact that this will take hard work, perseverance and resilience.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11


  • Above all we aim to show compassion to ourselves and each other. By developing strong relationships and friendships we develop a true understanding of each other.

    ‘Love thy neighbour…’
    Luke 10:28


  • We are a family. We show compassion for all members of our community irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. We strive to be ‘courageous advocates’ for our local, national and global community.

    There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Galatians 3:28



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