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English (Speaking and Listening)

Speaking and listening skills are fundamental to children's progress in all areas of the curriculum and the need for effective oral communication is vital to develop and enhance life skills. Forest View Primary School values and seeks to develop children's speaking and listening skills as an integral part of the school curriculum and prepare children to establish positive relationships inside and outside school with the ability to communicate thoughts, feelings and ideas confidently and successfully. 

What is our approach to Speaking and Listening?

At Forest View, 'speaking and listening' is integrated into all subjects. Pupils are taught from the first day to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using standard English and full sentences. During EYFS and key stage 1 pupils learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say, beginning to engage with each other’s answers. We ensure that children have the opportunity to work with partners, in small groups and as a class, joining in with, and developing the discussion. Children learn how to listen carefully to what other people are saying, so that they can remember the main points and respond to one another in a polite and respectful manner.   

Staff model the use of higher-level vocabulary within their speech and expanding children’s vocabulary is a key focus from EYFS. Subject specific vocabulary is embedded across the curriculum, through teacher modelling, in context. Contextual learning helps children to understand new words and supports them in including them in their work. Reading - either as a whole class or smaller group sessions - encourages pupils to explore unfamiliar vocabulary and expand their knowledge of words. Staff model correct grammar in speech and encourage children to reflect this in their use of spoken and written language. Children are given the chance to orally rehearse ideas for writing regularly. Drama is used across the curriculum to explore and engage children in their learning. This gives children the chance to embed vocabulary in shared activities as well as building confidence. As a school we strive to maximise creative aspects of the curriculum and provide all pupils with speaking and listening opportunities through drama, role play, school trips, visits and visitors, class assemblies, school productions, spelling and phonic lessons and stimulating, innovative classroom teaching.  

The school has trained speech and language staff and a range of speech and language interventions, both formal and informal, that staff can use with any child who may be working below age-related expectations (ARE), at risk of falling behind their peers or who show potential to achieve the higher greater depth standard.  

What does our approach to Speaking and Listening look like in the classroom?

  • Children's speaking and listening skills are developed through a wide range of opportunities. 

  • Children's contributions are valued during discussions.  

  • All children are encouraged to listen carefully and actively, valuing and responding to others’ viewpoints and opinions.  

  • Children are enabled to speak audibly and confidently before an audience E.g. When performing their learning to their peers or when performing in school plays and assemblies.  

  • Children are helped to understand how to adapt their use of language, varying use in relation to purpose and audience.  

  • Children are encouraged to develop proficiency in Standards English as well as promote a respect for other language and dialects.  

  • Children's attainment in writing is developed through their ability to initially express themselves effectively orally in order to produce writing of a higher quality. 

How do we measure success in speaking and listening?

  • Children can talk clearly and make themselves understood. 

  • Children will be enthused about speaking and listening activities. 

  • Children listen carefully to others and are able to respond appropriately. 

  • Children use a range of vocabulary when they are speaking.