Communication & Language

Many children begin their time at Parkdale school with speech delay or communication difficulties. The Communication and Language team are dedicated to ensuring that all children are empowered with the tools they need to successfully communicate with their peers and adults. Communication and Language support enables children to build respectful relationships; expressing their thoughts and feelings, and is the foundation upon which all their learning rests. 

Our Speech and Language Therapist visits weekly. Mrs Holly Harris works directly with children; providing them with individual support and working alongside parents. We also have a dedicated, specialist trained team that support children with specific communication needs, in addition to a communication and language focused provision for all. Our Early Years team have created Communication Friendly Spaces, a key aspect of our practice, that provide cosy, calm and welcoming spaces for children to interact and learn together. This environment, combined with our narrative and language support groups, were key to our winning the Communication Trust ‘Shine a Light’ award in 2017. 

We have a significant portion of children in our community who are learning English as an additional language. We are dedicated to supporting these children on their journey to becoming bilingual. All first languages are valued, celebrated and welcomed at Parkdale. We encourage any families whose children do not speak English at home to keep on talking with their children in their first language; bilingualism is enormously beneficial, and a solid first language empowers children to learn English. We will support you with translated documents, homework, reports, etc whenever needed and will enable your children to access learning with signs, symbols, digital translation technology and bilingual texts. 

All children in our school are taught vocabulary using a programme called Word Aware. This allows us to identify key vocabulary that is essential, not just to our curriculum, but to successful lifelong learning and communication. Children are encouraged to use, review and revisit these words on a regular basis. Why not ask your child what Word Aware words they have learned this week and see if you can use them at home?

If you have any questions or queries about your child’s Communication and Language needs, please feel free to contact Mrs Rippon, Communication and Language Lead. 

Communication & Language News

New books!

New books!

In Reception we have been having a super book sort out. We have tried to curate a collection of beautiful new books reflective of all children’s experiences and diverse cultures, alongside traditional well-loved books. Success! Everyone couldn’t wait to get into our...

Reception’s final visit to GCP; it was a wet one!

Reception’s final visit to GCP; it was a wet one!

Yesterday Reception took their final trip to Gedling Country Park. Thank you to all of the volunteers and parents for their support. We have loved watching our local environment change, spotting the bluebells (which we planted) spring to life, finding the colours of...

Communication in our environment 

Language & Communication Documents & Resources

Curriculum Information

The Early Years Foundation Stage

This document forms the basis of the Communication and Language framework in Nursery and Reception


Supporting Oracy is vital to our children’s developing communication skills. Our Oracy team encourage and support our staff to provide classroom environments rich in opportunities to talk, discuss and collaborate. 

Policy Documents

Parkdale Speech and Language Therapy
Small Talk

Useful Links

Hungry Little Minds Campaign
Tiny Happy People
Words for Life
Nottinghamshire NHS