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English Speaking and Listening

This document is subject to change as we continue to work as a school on curriculum development.

Developing speaking and listening skills at Hindhayes -  The building of competent and confident communicators has underpinned much of the development work undertaken by the school over the last few years. High quality INSET training both in house and from outdoor providers has put vocabulary and effective communication at the forefront of our thinking and provision and as such it is, in many ways, the engine of our curriculum. Through careful planned activities such as Talk For Writing and Sounds-Write, high quality staff training in emotional literacy and the opportunities our high quality outdoor provision offers, children are given the vocabulary they need to talk about themselves, their emotions, their experiences and their learning. At Hindhayes we work on the premise that vocabulary is ‘taught not caught’ and from a clear early identification of the needs of children through BVPS screening on entry. Much investment into high quality intervention work is linked to this area of learning as it will underpin learning for our children in all other areas.

Recent research that has impacted on provision at Hindhayes includes: The Berco review of the provision for young people with speech, language and communication needs in England, Closing the Vocabulary Gap – Alex Quiggley 2019, The Oxford report  “Why closing the Word Gap Matters”,  EEF Improving Literacy at Key Stage 1, Mary Myatt The Curriculum Gallimaufry to Coherence 2018 

EEF Improving Literacy at Key Stage 1: Recommendation 1 “Develop pupils’ speaking and listening skills and wider understanding of language” focus on developing oral language skills is especially important for the development of a range of reading and writing skills in this age group”.        
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