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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 opportunity.

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.

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