Stoke Speaks Out
“Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.”
Rita Mae Brown
Vision and INtent
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial.
By commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children's language effectively.
Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive.
Through conversation, story-telling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modellingfrom their teacher, and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures.
Stoke Speaks Out is an initiative which was set up in 2004 to support children’s speech and language development in Stoke on Trent. It involves everyone who links with children in some way including parents, practitioners and the wider community.
Hello! My name is Miss Bentley and I am the coodinator for Stoke Speaks Out here at Cheadle Primary School.
Curriculum and implementation
The Stoke Speaks Out assessment tool; The Early Communication Screening Tool, was established in 2015 by Speech Therapists, working in connection with Stoke Speaks Out.