A four-year-old child
- Seeks out and enjoys companionship of peers
- Engages in
dramatic make-believe play with peers
- Holds conversation
skillfully with a variety of people
- Able to shift attention
spontaneously from what she is doing to what somebody
is saying and back to what she
is doing again
- Continues to use strategy of doing what is usually
done in response to improbable instructions e.g. 'make
baby feed mum'
- Understands sentences with up to six key words e.g.
'Put the small bag and the cup under Daddy’s chair'
and uses all basic grammatical structures with occasional
mistakes e.g. 'I went to the circus and
sawed the clowns'
- Uses language to express ideas and feelings, discuss
plans, problem-solve and negotiate
- Asks lots of questions,
especially using 'How?' and 'Why?'
- Able to express herself
clearly on most occasions, reflecting a vocabulary consisting
of thousands of words
- Uses complex sentences with two
or more verbs to link ideas
- Tells stories about connected
past events providing an introduction, sufficient background
knowledge, an account of what happened and information
on how the story ended
- Uses 'can', 'will', 'is', 'are',
'have', 'do' correctly e.g. 'I can jump'
- Speech is clear,
with few immaturities e.g. thank you --> fank you
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