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Spoken Language



Our curriculum recognises the importance of spoken language in pupil’s learning right across the curriculum. We ensure pupils have every opportunity to acquire and use a wide vocabulary, and the skills to communicate their thinking and understanding to a range of audiences.




Our lessons are structured to ensure speaking and listening is at the heart of learning. Pupils frequently communicate their ideas, views and opinions in paired, group and class discussions. Carefully planned for subject specific vocabulary is taught through our topics and pupils take part in debates and presentations to hone their communication skills.

Through our curriculum (in line with the National Curriculum) our pupils are taught to:

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates
  • gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
  • consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
  • select and use appropriate registers for effective communication

Spoken Language Across the Curriculum

Story telling in KS1








Debating club