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Speaking & Listening

Our Approach to Speaking and Listening (Spoken Language)

 We believe that speaking and listening is fundamental to children’s development and that confidence in this area is essential to be successful in all areas of literacy.

The four strands of speaking and listening at Bushmead Primary are: 

1. speaking; 

2. listening and responding; 

3. group discussion and interaction 

4. drama. 

 These oral skills are directly taught, modelled and sensitively encouraged in whole class and small group settings. Opportunities across the whole curriculum are planned for and developed. Children play an active part in presentations, topic talks, group discussions, debates and drama activities on a weekly basis. 

 Talk based lessons are used to develop and deliver the curriculum with speaking and listening being the driving force of the lesson. These sessions happen weekly and include all four strands on a regularly basis.