We recognise the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum; spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life. Opportunities to develop these skills include: talk partners, LAMDA sessions, storytelling, role-play and debating within lessons across the curriculum, collective worships, School Council representatives, school productions and a yearly talent show.
The National Curriculum states: ‘All pupils should be enabled to participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. Pupils should be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role.’ All of these speaking and listening skills are taught in English, across the curriculum and during extra-curricular activities too.
Children who require extra support in speaking and listening are referred to a Speech and Language therapist to further assess their needs. We recognise the need for all pupils to speak, read and write standard English fluently and accurately. All staff members are role models who promote Standard English and take care to sensitively correct children’s misconceptions with language.