Developing oracy through sensory play

The children at nursery are provided with a range of activities that are not only fun and engaging, but also support the development of their oracy skills, including describing what they see and feel and broadening their vocabulary.

We have constant access to sand, water and mud play and often also provide additional sensory experiences such as slime and shaving foam. The children are invited to touch and explore the materials and supported by sensitive adult interactions, are able to describe their experiences, using words such as ‘wet’ and ‘sticky’.

The children even make links to our reading spine stories, for example by describing the slime as ‘Troll bogies!’.