Speaking and Listening

It is said that the written word floats on a sea of language, and we firmly believe that children's skills in speaking and listening is a prerequisite for the successful development of both reading and writing. 
At school speaking and listening is centred on the pupils’ understanding of the spoken word and the capacity to express themselves effectively. They should be able to listen attentively with understanding, pleasure and empathy. Speaking and listening are such an integral part of our curriculum that it is not possible to specify all the circumstances and activities in which these essential skills are taught and practised.
However, they include:
  • Providing a range of opportunities to talk and listen in formal and informal settings
  • Modelling the correct use of standard English and a range of styles of language used in different contexts
  • Use of drama and role play to explore real and imagined situations
  • Using the spoken word to stimulate and act as a starting point for writing
  • Links between language and music
  • Regular listening to others, e.g. story time, circle time, other children’s stories and sharing time
  • Encouraging children to ask and answer questions and problem solve
  • Informal discussion with the teacher or with other pupils
  • Actively encourage children to talk about their own learning
Alongside these opportunities, Imaginative role play areas, based on real life or fantasy situations, are used in each classroom to help further develop children's speaking and listening skills.