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Speaking & Listening

If children speak well, with confidence, in a range of situations they will develop strong reading and writing skills. Speaking and listening skills develop from the moment children are born through human interaction. We therefore ensure that children can develop and hone these skills at every opportunity, every day.

Speaking and Listening is undertaken individually, in groups, and as a whole class. Our ultimate aim is to improve confidence so all children can contribute in class or whole-school assemblies. The ability to speak clearly, using appropriate language, in a variety of situations is something we constantly strive for.


Our curriculum is book based and a great emphasis is placed upon this subject, as we want children to read avidly and fluently, with understanding and enjoyment.  We stress both reading for pleasure and developing the skills of reading for information.

We want children to see themselves as readers from the very beginning.  Starting in the Foundation Stage classes, children read books in school and take them home.  The emphasis in the early stages is on sharing books and supporting children to develop their own competence in reading.  We aim to provide a wide range of books, both within the classroom and in the library.

During the day all classes will have a period of group reading or sessions when books are shared with the teacher, other adults or other children.

The children in Key Stage 1 follow the Ruth Miskin "Read, Write, Inc." phonics programme they begin in Foundation Stage.


In the early stages children are encouraged to write about their own experiences.  Children are encouraged to see writing as a process and we expect them to develop skills of drafting their work to become independent writers.  We encourage them to be creative in story writing and poetry and they learn to write for different purposes.

Handwriting and presentation are important skills and taught alongside our ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme and through the ‘Penpals’ scheme in Key Stage 2.