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 (please note - assessments were not all completed in 2019-2020 due to Covid-19).
Areas in which we support children in their Speaking and Listening abilities