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Speaking and Listening at Pinders Primary School


At Pinders, we believe that Speaking and Listening are the important stepping stones for English and encourage our children to become good users of Standard English. Therefore, Speaking and Listening is an integral component in all lessons across the curriculum.


Just as children have to be taught how to read and write they have to be shown how to talk and how to listen. Children need to understand not just what is being talked about but how to join in appropriately and use the type of language that is right for the situation - formal, friendly, loving, respectful, loud, quiet etc. As communication takes many forms: body language, gesture and verbal communication, it is important that children are given the chance to explore situations and contexts in exciting and creative ways. Our children are given the opportunity to use a variety of talking techniques to engage children’s thinking and creativity such as: 

* taking partners

* role play

* hot seating

* drama

* whole class debates

At Pinders, we provide a wealth of experiences and opportunities for children to talk about to develop their verbal language skills. Children are actively encouraged in school to discuss their work, explore ideas and talk about how they learn. They use their speaking and listening to skills to socialise and work collaboratively with other children.


Learning to communicate from a young age will give your child a flying start when it comes to education, so What can you do to help develop their speaking & listening?

noBe the speaking & listening role model - You are your child's key role model so they way that you talk to them is very important. If they get mixed up with the words they use you can repeat what they have said back to them modelling the correct way to say it rather than drawing too much attention to their mistakes.

noHave conversations - Use whatever you are doing together as an opportunity to talk to each other whether it's a shopping trip to the supermarket or watching a television programme together. Have a conversation about what is happening or what you are doing, use interesting words and talk about what they mean.


noAsk open-ended questions - We ask questions all the time but did you know that questions are really useful in helping your children to develop their communication skills? It is very easy to ask a question that will have "yes" or "no" as the answer but changing it slightly will mean that your child will have to give you a fuller response using more language. If you say "Did you enjoy school today?" then your child can may say "yes" but if you ask "Tell me something you enjoyed doing at school today" your child will give you a much more detailed answer which will lead on to a longer conversation.