Pupils are provided with a range of opportunities in which to develop their spoken language skills. They experience speaking and listening in different contexts and are taught how to speak effectively to different audiences and for varying purposes. We value providing children real opportunities to speak aloud to an audience such as in class assemblies, Key Stage productions, Performance poetry and Celebration assembly.
In the Early Years particularly, speaking and listening is a prime area of learning as progress in this area impacts on other learning. We have staff trained to deliver Spirals intervention and other small group work to support children who struggle with their speaking and listening skills.
Oral rehearsal is used to support development of vocabulary and composition ready for writing. Storytelling is a “Talk for Writing” technique which we use across the school to develop skills for both fiction and non-fiction writing.
Speaking and Listening skills are assessed by staff against Target Tracker statements which reflect the National curriculum requirements.