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Interim Headteacher: Tracy Whetton
SENDCo: Lynda Livesey
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At Sedbergh Primary School, children will be provided with opportunities to:

  • Talk for a range of purposes
  • Communicate to different audiences
  • Listen and respond to different people
  • Observe and participate in dramatic activities



  • To develop the children’s ability to speak clearly and audibly and to take account of their listeners
  • To use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their ideas and understanding
  • To acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language


“Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing.” English National Curriculum 2014


To develop our pupils to become competent speakers and listeners we:

  • Give them opportunities to express their ideas to a range of audiences
  • Give them opportunities to participate in group discussions and drama activities
  • Encourage them to listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • Help them to understand the need to adapt their speech for different situations
  • Help them to maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations
  • Give them opportunities to evaluate and reflect on their own speech and others
  • Encourage them to use the vocabulary and grammar of Standard English


Opportunities to develop spoken language and listening skills will be developed through activities in English lessons. It will also be developed across the full curriculum, for example, through class discussions in PSHE.


Drama will be used to develop speaking and listening skills, including opportunities for:

  • Structured, imaginative play – within role play areas and elsewhere
  • Responding to familiar rhymes and games
  • Storytelling
  • Inventing characters and exploring dialogue- with or without materials and props
  • Developing and sustaining a role
  • Devising short scenes from a variety of stimuli
  • Interpreting poems, scripts etc. in a dramatic presentation
  • Exploring issues and dilemmas
  • Participation in class and school productions
  • Improvisation
  • Discussion and debates
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