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The Importance of Speaking and Listening
The abilities of speaking and listening are crucial to pupils’ language acquisition and social development. It is an essential method that can be implemented in all areas of the curriculum as speaking and listening are strong building blocks for learning and thinking, and also, effective communication is a key skill that the children will need for the rest of their lives. The importance of speaking and listening must be passed on to the children and they must be able to see that they can access the tools in any subject in the curriculum – teachers must inspire this thinking and as a result parents must encourage constructive speaking and listening out of school. In order for pupils to realise the relevance they must be provided with a range of contexts and opportunities to further develop their speaking and listening skills including being able to generate pros and cons of a topic in the format of a debate and being able to review and share experiences and explain why their experience was important to them.


The Oakhill Primary School OSAL Award

At Oakhill Primary School, we pride ourselves on challenging our children in all areas of the curriculum. One aspect of the curriculum we feel to be of great importance is that of speaking and listening and, as a result, creating brilliant public speakers. This is something that will benefit the children going forward in to high school and on in to the wider world. Our OSAL award gives children Opportunities for Speaking and Listening. The children perform a poetry recital, a presentation to their peers and an aspect of storytelling and come out with an OSAL award graded from 1* to 5*. This is something that we have worked on and the children greatly enjoy.


Please find below, the Oakhill Primary School OSAL Award data for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Poplar Class (2018-2019) receiving their OSAL awards.

Areas in which we support children in their Speaking and Listening abilities

  • Enunciation and spoken English – ensuring that all adults model good enunciation of letter sounds and words when speaking.  Reinforcing and correcting children and having high expectations that they will do the same.
  • Giving children opportunities to practice speaking through role play, drama, paired and group work, assemblies, performances and visits.
  • Speech and Language specialist teacher – we have a specialist teacher who aims to diagnose speech and language problems very early and address them.
  • This year, we are assessing the speaking and listening skills of our KS2 children using formal, confidence-building assessments through the Oakhill Primary School OSAL Award.
Spiritual Moral Social Cultural
Encouraging students to become formal, constructive listeners who demonstrate a growth in personal confidence. Consider each and everyone around us when using our speaking and listening skills. For example, knowing when to use formal listening and show appreciation of the speaking skills of others. Studying speaking skills to be used in a range of different contexts. For example, an interview, a debate, a presentation, a recital.
Also, knowing how to use speaking and listening skills to respond to others in a social setting responsibly.
Challenging students to think about how different cultures access and use their speaking and listening skills.
Also, acknowledging the needs of EAL pupils when accessing speaking and listening skills in the English language.