Last updated:

8th August 2023


a boy and girl talking together

Listening and attention

Children listen attentively in a range of situations.  They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.  They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.


Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.  They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.


Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.  They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.  They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events

(EYFS March 2017) 

I can ask for help

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I can follow instructions

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