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Speaking & Listening

Speaking & Listening

The Text-Based curriculum reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum.  Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that the pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.


Although all lessons provide opportunities to develop the pupils’ spoken language, one lesson every week is dedicated specifically for developing speaking and listening skills. These lessons may include a reading for performance activity, a reading for fluency activity, a structured class debate or an extended drama activity.