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Speaking and Listening


 To ensure all pupils:

  •  can confidently communicate their ideas and understanding through spoken word;
  •  show an interest in words and their meanings in order to develop a rich vocabulary to draw upon when reading and writing;
  •  speak clearly and audibly in front of an audience;
  •  listen to their peers’ views;
  •  express their opinions and views;
  •  develop their power of imagination.


  •  Speaking and listening is at the heart of all learning. Children need to listen carefully to teachers in order to learn. Children also need to listen and communicate effectively with peers to bring about healthy friends and relationships. Speaking and listening is at the core of all subjects. Speaking skills are one of the most important skills we learn, as they allow us to communicate with others and express our thoughts and feelings. Speaking skills can be separated into formal and informal speaking skills, and we use both types of speaking skills in a variety of contexts throughout life. Conversation skills are important for children's development and wellbeing. That's because being able to have conversations helps children make friends, be listened to, ask for what they need. Conversation skills are about being able to talk and listen well.