Speaking and Listening

Children need to talk

The national curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.

At Stapleford Abbotts Primary School we therefore ensure the continual development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills. Pupils should develop a capacity to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare their ideas before they write. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as to others, and teachers should ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions. Pupils should also be taught to understand and use the conventions for discussion and debate.


At Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy drama is taught explicitly in its own right and is used as a tool for understanding subjects across the curriculum. Our use of drama provides many opportunities for our children to use heritage languages and to develop knowledge of a range of cultures. They learn different styles of speaking, gesture and mime. In our lessons drama is an important means of stimulating creativity in problem solving. It can challenge students’ perceptions about their world and about themselves. At the centre of all drama is communication. Like all the arts, drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways. It supports our children’s progression and understanding and encourages them to become confident and resilient. In Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy drama supports all subjects in particular, drama develops literacy skills – supporting speaking and listening, extending vocabulary and encouraging pupils to understand and express different points of view.