• Encourage children to use and extend the stories they hear in their play, using props and dressing up clothes as they relive and reinvent stories.
  • Tune into words from stories that individual children particularly enjoy, e.g. children’s favourite words and words that are emotionally important to them. Revisit these words in meaningful interactions.
  • Read stories that children already know, pausing at intervals to encourage them to “read” the next word.
  • Encourage children to notice signs and symbols in everyday life, such as familiar logos and icons for apps.
  • Encourage children to identify the sounds they hear in the environment and to explore making rhythms with musical instruments and upcycled resources.