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Developing Language and Reading 

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In this blog we explore ways to help develop language and reading and create a language rich environment.

Language & Reading

When you open a book,

You will find,

A poem, a tale,

Of every kind!

When you speak the words,

You will see,

Something for you,

And something for me!


Language underpins progress, impacts on attainment, behaviour, and plays a vital role in building a child’s confidence whilst enhancing future life chances. It enables pupils to learn, helps them to get along with others and supports well-being.

Oracy is one of the most used and most important skills in school helping to improve outcomes across the curriculum. It is very much at the heart of classroom practice with students talking as a whole class, communicating in group discussions or in partner conversations. Teachers use oracy to explain, demonstrate, instruct, and coach. By planning purposeful classroom talk it supports learning across all subject areas. Through dialogue teachers can gauge pupil’s understanding, appreciate their ideas and perspectives. Talking is an effective way of assessing students understanding.

Children need to communicate formally and informally. Being able to speak clearly and process speech sounds enables us to understand others, express ideas and interact and these are all fundamental building blocks.

With limited understanding and use of language a word gap appears, and a child can be seriously limited in their enjoyment of school and success beyond. Increasing children’s vocabulary reduces inequalities and improves outcomes for all. Finding techniques to stimulate children and develop their language and reading skills should be at the heart of our work.

With the right resources students can be helped to feel more confident to talk in front of an audience and have the skills needed to discuss ideas in small groups. Students with speech, language, and communication difficulties and those with English as an additional language can feel better supported to participate in all classroom talk. At TTS we work closely with teachers and other educational professionals to create resources to inspire children to talk and listen to others.

Here are a few of our favourite resources.

Creating a language rich environment

In oracy-rich classrooms, talk is at the forefront of teaching and learning.

Language underpins success in all other subjects, raising standards and helping children to reach their full potential. Children need to be given opportunities to play and explore, to discuss and reflect on ideas and use language in all that they do. By immersing children in a language rich environment and offering them as many opportunities as possible, leads to a higher level of engagement which in turn equals a higher level of attainment.

Every child is unique, and we need to build on what they already know and respond to their interests, feelings, and experiences. It is important to plan carefully both open and directed play along with focused learning sessions, to provide quality opportunities to develop language and reading. A stimulating learning environment will ignite their minds and inspire learning.

Resources to help create a language rich environment.


Research shows that reading more and developing a love of reading and literature has a positive impact on educational success. High-quality oracy improves reading and develops vocabulary and understanding.

Create as many reading opportunities as you can in the classroom to develop curiosity and interest. Such as:

A construction area with instruction cards.
See our Construction Wow Pack

A mud kitchen with words such as squishing, squashing to extent vocabulary and encourage talk in play. See our messy play Wow Pack

Easi-speak microphones and other recordable devices, story CDs and books with puppets are perfect for storytelling.


Another regular directed session of course will be daily phonics. A sequential approach to phonics provides the code for working out unknown words. Fun phonics sessions build up recognition of sounds and learning key sight words. Using technology here works well.

Importance of language and reading

It is important that the effort and attention put into language and reading in the Early Years continues, through Primary and Secondary education and beyond. The transition between Early Years, Primary and Secondary are vital and high-quality oracy education will support vocabulary throughout.

The Educationalist James Nimmo Britton said, “Good literacy floats on a sea of talk”.

We value the importance of oracy education and support teachers with a wide range of language and listening resources. We want children to be confident and have the ability to talk and share their ideas. If we develop a love of books and reading, we can have a hugely positive impact on a child’s education, as well as bringing them lots of lifelong enjoyment EVERY TIME THEY OPEN A BOOK!

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