This is a Prime Area of learning within the Early Years curriculum which supports children's development across all other areas of learning. The three aspects within Communication and Language are:
Listening and Attention
Here are the age related expectations (Early Learning Goals) for these three aspects by the end of Reception:
ELG: Listening and Attention
Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.