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Language and Literacy

What is it?

  • Listening for information and enjoyment
  • Speaking to convey meaning and communicate with others
  • Reading with understanding and for enjoyment
  • Using drawing, mark making, symbols and writing with invented and conventional spelling to communicate ideas and information

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Why is it important?

  • Crucial for the development of children's thinking and learning
  • Important for making meaning from interactions with peers, adults and texts
  • Allows for expression of needs, feelings, thoughts and ideas
  • Builds confidence and contributes to personal growth

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Poetry for Young Children

Poetry is a fun and engaging way to develop children’s phonological awareness.  Phonological awareness is about understanding the sound structure of oral language at the word, syllable, rhyme and phoneme levels.

Learn how you can use poetry to help develop phonological awareness in your children!

Limericks are short funny poems with a specific rhyme scheme. How can children identify rhyming words within the limerick?
Once children are familiar with the structure of a limerick, they can try creating their own!
Acrostic poems
In acrostic poems, the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word. How do acrostic poems develop phonological awareness in children?
Acrostic poems
Acrostic poems also help children become familiar with vocabulary related to the theme of the poem.
Children can also dramatise their own poems! This provides opportunities for them to express their thoughts and ideas.
Get children to reflect on what they have learnt about poetry to consolidate their learning. What questions and prompts can you use to guide them?
Family involvement
Engage families in activities such as co-creating poems with their children. How else can you involve them in supporting their children’s development?