Spoken Language

Speaking and listening, group discussion, interaction and drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards.

Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.

Opportunities to develop these skills include: class and key stage drama productions, involvement and role play in “story teller” assemblies, talk partners, talk home learning tasks, drama and performance during the year. In upper Key Stage 2, children are given the opportunity to act as leaders and use their speaking and listening skills during the teaching of a ten minute lesson to peers. The spoken language is taught implicitly and explicitly.

As a school, we will model language to the children which encourages Standard English in both speaking and writing.

Progression and Assessment

Staff makes notes throughout the year about children’s involvement in speaking and listening activities. Assessment takes place across a range of subjects, but one key area in which children are monitored is in Guided Reading sessions, where small group discussions on texts take place. Lower down the school, more modelling and scaffolding takes place to support children with speaking and listening tasks.