Speaking and listening are an integral part of not only English but also the wider curriculum in order to encourage self-confidence, imagination and empathy. They are used to stimulate, explore and challenge ideas. Communication is a key feature of many aspects of our curriculum. We place an emphasis on the acquisition and command of vocabulary, based on 'Talk Matters' principles.
Bramley St. Peter's, is committed to developing talk across the curriculum. Research shows a direct correlation between oracy skills and overall success. Talk Matters focuses on three specific skills:
At Bramley St. Peter's, we know that some pupils are reluctant to contribute in class which disadvantages them. At the other end of the spectrum, some pupils dominate conversations, but aren't always good listeners. Therefore, we believe that all children can benefit from improving the precision of their comments and building on each other’s ideas meaningfully as it deepens the quality of their talk.
By using the key skills of active listening, skilled speaking and asking for clarification, all children will feel more confident about their learning. Most importantly, they will be able to share and explore their learning further by offering their opinions, discussing strategies and reasoning, as well as developing their vocabulary - at the same time as responding clearly and audibly to their avid audience!
We use 'Talk Matters' strategies such as 'Think, Pair, Share, Square', randomizers, sentence stems, talk mats, 'Splat!' and word studies.
At home, remember to encourage your children to respond using full sentences, as well as speaking audibly and clearly to help them practise their 'Talk Matters' skills!
When having conversations with your children at home, try to encourage them to use some of this language and terminology.