Speaking & Listening
Speaking and Listening is an important part of children’s language development and has a direct impact on reading and writing. At KHEF we encourage pupils to develop these skills early on, with the main literacy focus in Nursery and Reception being on developing communication and language.
Across the school we embed these skills into every curriculum area, encouraging children to talk through their thinking and learning through group work and talking partners. All staff working with children in the school also ensure that they model high levels of these skills to the pupils, including the use of Standard English.
There are also unique opportunities within the school curriculum which allows children to focus on developing these skills:
Year 6 Production and Presentation Evening
At the end of Year 6 we always give our pupils the opportunity to perform and produce an evening to share with the rest of the school and with their parents and carers. This has in the past involved producing plays and productions. Last year children instead demonstrated their musical and acting abilities at a presentation evening. This involved children using the iPads to produce films about their time at KHEF.
A key element in our approach to the development of pupils’ speaking and listening skills are ‘Philosophy 4 Children’ sessions. These sessions give pupils the opportunity to explore and discuss a range of issues and concepts. Children are taught how to listen well to other pupils, how to clearly express their ideas and build on the thoughts of others.