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Communication and Language

Communication and Language
We have a language-rich environment where children’s play is narrated to support their language development. Children take part in story and song times to encourage them to join in with and respond to what they have heard. The children are encouraged to narrate their own play and to answer why and how questions throughout their learning. Through one to one, small group and whole class discussions the children use talk to explain their thinking and to respond to others ideas.

There is a strong focus on introducing vocabulary and definitions to all children through high quality stories, day to day teaching and our weekly special words.

Nuffied Early Language Intervention


At Manor Infants we run the the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) in Reception.

The programme is an evidence-based oral language intervention for children in in nursery and reception who show weakness in their oral language skills and who are therefore at risk of experiencing difficulty with reading.


What is NELI?

NELI is a programme for children in Reception (4-5 years) which has been found to improve children's language and early literacy skills.


How the programme is structured

A member of school staff (usually a teaching assistant or early years educator) delivers three small group sessions and two individual sessions to a targeted group of around 3-6 pupils for 20 weeks.


Evidence and programme development

NELI is a Nuffield Foundation initiative and was developed by leading academics in the field of language and literacy development. The aim was to design an evidence-based early intervention programme that could be easily delivered by schools to address children’s language needs. Several robust evaluations has led to NELI being the most well-evidence early language programme available to schools in England.