- Children’s Speaking and Listening
Children’s Speaking and Listening
The Primary curriculum for English at Key Stage 2 sets out the
knowledge, skills, and understanding which pupils are expected to
learn. The Programmes of Study document 3 strands: 1)
speaking and listening, 2) reading, and 3) writing, with linked
attainment targets, DfEE (1998), DfEE (2000a), DfEE (2000b), DfES
(2001), DfES (2006).
The speaking and listening strand of the National Literacy
Strategy Framework, DfEE (1998), DfES (2001), QCA/NC (2007) defines
6 areas of knowledge, skills, and understanding which should be
taught in literacy via a range of activities. These are: 1)
Speaking 2) Listening 3) Group discussion and interaction 4) Drama
5) Standard English, and 6) Language Variation.
The fairytale activity is an opportunity to investigate the
differences between standard and non-standard English. For
example, the use of dialects in the fairytale genre can be
examined. A scene from their fairytale play scripts can be
re-written using their local dialect and presented to the
class. This offers another formative or summative assessment
Further speaking and listening development can include creating
an invented language, DfEE (1998, 54, W7), Corden (2000).
'Word webs' can be produced on various themes and investigated in
'jigsaw' groups. Home groups have responsibility for
investigating words for different themes. Reorganised expert
groups then focus on a specific word theme. On return to
their home groups they report their findings, Corden (2000).
Pairs can invent words based on their group research and use them
in sections of their stories. Readings of these can be used
for formative or summative assessments.