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Speaking & Listening

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Speaking and Listening

Listening requires the skill of focussing attention on the speaker to be able to hear and understand what the speaker is saying and speaking skills require children to take turns, speak confidently, stay on topic and speak with clarity. Throughout the academy, children are encouraged to speak audibly and fluently, activities are planned that encourage speaking and listening opportunities, role-play areas are in Early Years and Year 1 classrooms and drama based sessions are a regular part of our planning. Children are exposed to a wide range of vocabulary and are encouraged to use new words and phrases. Talk for Writing enhances oral story telling skills and supports debates, discussions and questioning. At our Academy we provide children with opurtunities where they can actively engage with their learning so that they can master speaking and listening skills.





Vocabulary Day


To extend the children's use of vocabulary, we held a “Vocabulary Parade”.

Children were invited to come to school dressed as a word. Children came to school dressed in some fantastic outfits and there was a wide variety of nouns, verbs and adjectives. We had a great day completing different vocabulary activities and we finished the day with a parade on the playground to look celebrate and show off our outfits!

Pupil Voice


"I enjoy using talk partners"

"I enjoy working with my friends"

"I enjoy retelling stories"
"I enjoy perfroming puppet shows"

"I enjoyed showing my mummy my class museum"


How to help your child develop their speaking and listening skills



  • Give you child simple instructions for them to follow
  • Use you child's name to gain their attention
  • Make eye contact
  • Speak clearly
  • Give your child plenty of thinking time before expecting a response