Speaking and Listening
At Purlwell we have a strong emphasis on developing speaking and listening as this is the foundation to good reading and writing.
From the onset we encourage children to enhance their vocabulary through the provision of a language rich environment. We develop language initially within contexts that are familiar to children, but also extending to new experiences. Children are provided with the opportunities to tell stories, engage in role play and discussions, and present viewpoints and opinions.
Children are taught how they can develop good listening skills and are provided with many opportunities to demonstrate this within their learning. As a good listener, there is an expectation that they will be focussed and attentive, and respond appropriately to what they have heard.
At Purlwell, language and communication underpins our whole curriculum. Our children are immersed in language and literature and the development of spoken language and key vocabulary is an essential tool in unlocking learning opportunities across the curriculum. Therefore we develop our children's speech, language and listening skills through a wide range of activities including role play, drama, discussions, assemblies and performances, and ensure that these skills are developed across all subject areas.