Speaking and Listening
Warmsworth Primary School
Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Oracy / Speaking and Listening
At Warmsworth Primary School our principal aim is to ensure that all children become 21st Century citizens who can use a range of skills that oracy develops. These skills will interlink with social, emotional skills and through developing the child’s oracy skills they will also gain in self-confidence, self-awareness and resilience.
We strive to ensure that our children can speak confidently, with enthusiasm and show empathy as active listeners. Our aim is to develop our children in to confident young people that can speak confidently in any situation.
At Warmsworth Primary School, we believe that by delivering a programme that provides opportunities to share ideas, communicate, develop language through rich vocabulary and co-operative skills we will grow and develop children that will be able to use critical thinking skills to reason and reflect on their thoughts. This will allow children to be able to make decisions through organising their thoughts, working with others and understanding that it is important to listen to ideas that are not their own.
At Warmsworth Primary School, we provide children with an abundance of stimulating opportunities to engage with language and vocabulary through the texts that lead our learning, our drama activities, and our Kagan strategies that encourage communication and debate as the children advance through school.
Teachers model correct grammar and provide opportunities for pupils to practise speaking; this begins as oral practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage and is then built upon into sentence writing.
We provide opportunities for our children to verbalise stories and retell them and this creates confidence and understanding ready for writing.
All adults model effective oracy and support the development of oracy in our children through sentence stems and the introduction of new vocabulary. Each oracy skill is built upon in each year group so that skills are developed.
The Kagan strategies and structures we employ encourage co-operative learning, develops communication skills and teaches children how to become negotiators and empathetic listeners. All our children are encouraged to speak to their peers and share their ideas. We want our children to take risks by sharing their ideas and opinions and encourage them to do this and expand and explain their thinking to create debates and conversations around ideas.
To ensure that children can make progress and become good communicators, a scheme of work has been designed around the teaching that takes place in each year group with the topic or text in mind so that children can continue to use the key vocabulary taught and therefore has meaning for the learning. The scheme of work then feeds into the Progression of skills which acts like the building blocks allowing children to build upon the skills from the previous year and enhance these skills and have the opportunities to use them in different experiences.
The earliest stage of speaking and listening begins in Early Years Foundation Stage 1 where our children are immersed in early language, encourage to use their voices and listen to their peers. The introduction of Kagan strategies in their simplest form, are taught in FS1.
As our children enter Early Years Foundation Stage 2, they build upon the vocabulary they know and are exposed to an environment that it rich in language. Children are encouraged and taught how to be collaborative and share thoughts and ideas which can be built upon with explanation. They are taught to share ideas with their peers through high quality provision. Adults model grammatically correct sentences that are the beginnings of written sentences.
Children are supported as soon as the begin their education in our school. The staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage closely monitor and baseline each child’s speech and language skills to highlight any gaps or concerns. We employ various interventions to support oracy from the moment that children begin their learning journey with us. Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) is used to assess children at the start of Foundation Stage and focuses on their language and comprehension.
Each term children show how they are developing their oracy skills through an assessment which might be linked to a small presentation, talking about a familiar object or even a short debate. Staff are able to assess the skill taught that half term and feed into future teaching. A small sample of children are assessed and then targets can be set for the whole class.
We monitor progress and provide interventions both internally and through external agencies to ensure children meet their full potential.
We encourage a partnership with parents to actively speak to their children as this is extremely important when developing children’s vocabulary and speaking skills.
Warmsworth Primary School continues to take part in the Cambridge Oracy Programme (led through the Doncaster Challenge Partner’s Hub) where good practice and future development ideas are shared and developed.
Training has been delivered to staff through staff professional learning meetings where progression of skills and schemes of work have been shared. The assessment tool has been developed and shared in staff meetings. Foundation staff have had training in delivering NELI and are able to assess children and deliver the 20-week programme successfully and with confidence. Training and development of Kagan strategies and structure is refreshed in phase meetings and through drop ins for staff that wish to develop themselves further.
At Warmsworth Primary School, we pride ourselves on the support we give all of our children to develop their oracy, particularly that of our SEN and EAL children to enable them to develop their speech and language skills. This continued support ensures that the majority of children make good or better progress from their starting points and leave our school with the necessary oracy skills to support their next stage of education and beyond.
On leaving our school at the end of Key Stage 2, our children can speak confidently, with clarity and enthusiasm. Our children are observed to talk confidently with one another in their Kagan pairs and groups, demonstrating skills of turn taking, asking questions, using high level, key vocabulary and active listening.
Our children are able to show empathy towards others and their ideas and views. They encourage each other through coaching, listening and asking questions to develop thinking. Our children are observed to show empathy as active listeners, when listening to their peers and staff members. They are friendly and polite to visitors and their peers.
Our children are encouraged to ask questions, to push their thinking and ideas through conversation and debate. They are encouraged to have the confidence and tools to express their ideas and understand that everyone’s voice is important and ultimately become valuable citizens of the 21st Century.