Spoken Language

Spoken language

  • Is your curriculum and teaching organised to support pupils’ growing depth of learning and understanding?
  • Does your curriculum ensure progression across all year groups and phases? (knowledge, skills, vocabulary)

We consider spoken language and the ability to communicate effectively to be of the utmost importance at Glasshouses School. These skills are of great value in school life and beyond.

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.

We will 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 will also be taught to understand and use the conventions for discussion and debate.

All pupils will participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. Pupils will be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role. They will have opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.

As with all of our curriculum design, we have carefully planned objectives that will support our pupils’ growing depth of learning and understanding. We have planned for progression across all every year group, with challenge for our more able pupils.