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Speaking and Listening

Speaking and Listening

Our aim is to ensure that children are able to use spoken English confidently, appropriately and fluently in a range of different social situations.

Good oral work enhances pupils' understanding of language in both oral and written forms and of the way language can be used to communicate. It is also an important part of the process through which pupils read and compose texts. This is consolidated by using the 'Talk for Writing' approach to writing. We stress the importance of talking and listening through every area of the curriculum.

We encourage children to share ideas, to put forward reasoned arguments and to listen to other people’s viewpoints. They take part in assemblies, performances, role play, hot seating, plays, debates, discussions and workshops regularly to help develop these essential skills.  

A whole school talk topic homework is set every Friday, parents are asked to check the website or the weekly messenger if they are unsure of what the weekly talk homework is.  We know that chatter really does matter and children who regularly engage in quality discussion with adults within the home consistently outperform their peers who do not get to benefit from these interactions.


We teach children to:

  • speak confidently and clearly to a range of audiences;

  • use spoken language effectively to explore their thinking and share their thoughts and ideas;

  • participate effectively in a range of spoken language activities including group discussions, presentations and debates with fluency and adapting their language to suit their audience;

  • understand how to use language and voice effectively in a range of situations e.g. reading to others and when performing in drama;

  • be able to listen effectively to others drawing out the important points and responding appropriately;

  • know how to have verbal differences with others in a structured and inoffensive way;

  • understand how to be assertive without being threatening or aggressive to others;

  • have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss a range of social and academic issues that are of interest to them.