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"A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them." (National Curriculum)
Communication is key and one that starts the moment a child is born. Looking into a new-born's eyes; watching them follow you and respond to your smile is magical and is the beginning of that child's world of communication. They will mimic your facial expressions, respond to your voice and pick up on your emotions. Babies and pre-school children absorb this information from their parents, family and care-givers in the home environment before they enter school.
Being able to communicate clearly and effectively appears to be a natural consequence of being spoken to, but to be able to clearly articulate emotions, ideas and opinions, and engage in discussions about literature, mathematics, science or art requires a range of skills.