Speaking and Listening
Developing strong speaking and listening skills is fundamental to the teaching of English at St. Margaret Ward. Teachers place a high emphasis on spoken language and plan for the discrete teaching of skills as well as incidental learning opportunities. Our approach is firmly based on teaching how language changes in different contexts.
We believe children need to develop strong oracy skills to enable them to internalise language patterns and understand how language changes in different situations. This enables our children to understand and manipulate language for different purposes and audiences. To do this, teachers provide authentic contexts, giving children opportunities to use a range of spoken language. Teachers provide a range of purposeful opportunities through role play, drama, discussions and debates.
The strong emphasis on spoken language is evident in the Early Years and continues throughout the school. All staff members endeavour to model the use of Standard English, increasing children’s repertoire of vocabulary and sophistication of spoken English. The progression map sets out the skills covered in each year group.