Speaking and Listening

Speaking and Listening 

Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. 

The teaching of speaking and listening skills begins in our EYFS phase, where spoken language is promoted through continuous provision in outdoor and indoor learning. Children are introduced to many new words in a language rich environment and are encouraged to socially communicate in the linguistically correct way. 

To support this, ‘Welcomm’ is used and all children are screened using this intervention. At Parkfield we strive for high quality language to be used daily; this language is effectively modelled by adults.

Year on year, teachers develop children’s confidence and competence in spoken language. Each year group takes part in a class assembly and has an annual trip to the theatre. At the end of Year 6, children take part in a large scale end of year performance. As a school, we subscribe to the National Theatre's Primary resources to support an understanding of the Arts and the use of effective spoken language. This builds the foundations for drama 

Speaking and Listening within the curriculum

The skill of ‘chotting’ is introduced from KS1, where children prepare their ideas for their writing. Children also have the opportunity to discuss their understanding of books in many areas of the curriculum. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in drama activities, mainly linked to ‘experience days’ in the writing curriculum. ‘Kagan’ strategies are used to promote discussion and co-operative learning and the children will build up their debating skills to be used in Year 6. 


Listening, Attention and Understanding

Autumn Term

Listens carefully at story time and can retain what has been heard and recall key points.

Responds to a series of instructions and responds to a range of questions.

Contributes relevant comments in discussions. 

Spring Term

Can switch attention from one task to another.

Follows complex instructions.

Responds to discussion with comments and questions.

Is able to listen in whole school Collective Worship and recall some of the themes and comments at a later stage.

End of EYFS Checkpoint

Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions.

Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding.

Hold conversations when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.


Autumn Term

Communicates confidently with peers and adults.

Uses talks to communicate needs, news, feelings and ideas.

Uses new vocabulary. 

Spring Term

Enjoys being part of conversations and discussions and uses new vocabulary in context.

Uses talk in different ways, in imaginative play, to develop thinking, to collaborate and plan with others and to express ideas. 

End of EYFS Checkpoint

Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary.

Offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate.

Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.

Years 1-6

Pupils should be taught to: