• To nurture our children’s Speaking and Listening skills so that they are capable of expressing their own ideas clearly and confidently
  • To provide a safe, supportive and stimulating environment for children to express themselves
  • To enhance children’s Speaking and Listening skills through exploratory play, story time, talk partners, hot seating, PSHE sessions, drama, role play, pupil voice and through collaborative learning across the curriculum
  • To enable our children to express their own ideas clearly and with confidence
  • To value everyone’s views


We develop our children's Speaking and Listening skills through a wide range of opportunities; story time, drama, role play, class presentations, assemblies, school productions, vocabulary lessons, use of pupil voice and stimulating classroom teaching. We value children's contributions during discussions and encourage all children to listen carefully and actively, valuing and responding to others viewpoints and opinions.  Subject specific vocabulary is shared on our knowledge organisers and is embedded across the wider curriculum through teacher modelling. Our pupils are always encouraged to use new words in their work. Pupils are regularly given opportunities to orally rehearse ideas for written work and discuss new vocabulary in lessons.  We recognise that the quality and variety of language our pupils hear and share is vital for developing their vocabulary, grammar and comprehension.  The National Curriculum contact for Spoken Language is taught at an appropriate level to the age of the pupils.  Pupils build on the oral language skills that they have been taught in preceding years.


Children develop into confident communicators.  At the end of KS1, our children will be able to speak clearly to a variety of audiences, express their thoughts and views and share their ideas and participate respectfully in and contribute to discussions.