Speaking & Listening

Intent for Speaking and Listening

As part of our Gold Level Rights Respecting School, our intent is to ensure that every child receives a well-rounded learning experience and becomes a fluent reader, a skilled writer and confident speaker so that children can be the best that they can be and have aspirations of themselves now, and in the future.

It is our intention at Timothy Hackworth Primary School that all children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their speaking and listening skills. We teach and nurture these skills through a variety of approaches, for example, exploratory play, story time, hot-seating, and through collaborative learning in all areas of the curriculum. We develop these speaking and listening skills so that our children are capable of expressing their own ideas clearly and confidently, in a safe and supportive environment, in all aspects and areas of their school life and into their future.

Implementation for Speaking and Listening

Correct spoken language is fundamental to learning, therefore, this is modelled by staff in school. From the first days in school, speaking and listening play a large part in a child’s progress in all curriculum areas and teachers plan to develop these skills in a wide variety of ways. We aim to develop and encourage fluent speakers, who can confidently articulate their ideas and opinions in a wide range of situations. This links to our Rights Respecting ethos where children’s right to be heard is celebrated.

Pupils should have a range of planned oracy experiences, which are planned across the curriculum. These activities include:

  • discussion and debate, for example, in ‘Let’s Think; Let’s Talk’ sessions;
  • drama;
  • talking partners;
  • listening to stories;
  • reading lessons;
  • preparation for writing;
  • visiting speakers;
  • giving and receiving instructions;
  • paired/collaborative work;
  • problem solving in Maths;
  • presentation of learning;
  • plan, do review sessions;
  • assemblies, including Class Assemblies;
  • School Council and other pupil voice activities;
  • extra-curricular and year group productions

Impact for Speaking and Listening

Children speak confidently and articulately in a range of purposeful contexts to a range of audiences.

Children demonstrate respectful listening skills to a range of speakers.

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