ELKLAN in the Early Years


In order to support our youngest children become confident language users, we have introduced some simple but effective strategies within the classroom.   

Keeping it Visual


Mervin Monkey and Mickey Mouse in Reception

Mervin and Mickey have been introduced to the children to encourage good learning behaviours.  Mervin and Mickey expect:

  • Good looking
  • Good sitting
  • Good listening
  • Good thinking

Visual Timetables

In order to help the children to sequence their day and particular routines, we have simple visual timetables that allow a 'first, then, next, finally' sequence to take place.

Other visual clues

The children have been introduced to 'This is what tidy looks like...' photographs in every area of provision to enable them to be independent when tidying away the resources.  Song boards allow the children to visually see which songs we are learning and objects of reference are used to encourage children to make links. 

We have introduced visual task plans with the children and parents to enable them to sequence an activity that initially would require adult support with the intention that the more familiar they are with the plans, the more independent they become.  Task Plans also utilise the 'first, then, next, finally' language. 

Vocabulary Building


Word Wise Whizz

In order to build vocabulary, we have introduced our Word Wise Whizz.  The children will work through developmentally appropriate vocabulary and be scaffolded to understand and use each term correctly.  Our wizarding hats and vocabulary books will be built up across the year.

Blank Level Questions


Language of Learning Trees

We are very aware of the language we as adults use with our youngest children.  In order to ensure we are questioning the children at the right level, we use the 4 levels of Blank to scaffold children's language development.  Examples of children's use of language based on these levels (and accompanying adult's questioning) are to be found on our Language of Learning Trees, displayed in all our Early Years classrooms.

Level 1:  Naming    Level 2:  Describing   Level 3:  Re-telling   Level 4:  Justifying