Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills by being given constant opportunities to:
Teachers use a variety of strategies to support and engage children in their development of skills in speaking and listening including whole class, group and paired activities, drama and the use of technology such as ‘talking tins’ and ‘easi-speak’ microphones. We refer to ‘Progression in Language Structures’ (Tower Hamlets EMA Team 2009) to plan for progress in academic English, and ‘Speaking Frames’ (Sue Palmer) to help build children’s confidence and competence in their use of spoken English. Some children who need additional support undertake programmes such as ‘Racing to English’, ‘Talking Together’ and ‘Ginger Bear’ or speech and language programmes to develop their confidence and fluency.