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Speaking and Listening

“A good listener is totally focused on the speaker with an open mind.”

― Ludwig Hess


Developing effective speaking and listening skills is an essential element of the English curriculum. It is our intent that these skills will be further developed, applied and fostered across the whole curriculum, as they are key for making social and educational progress. We strive for our pupils to learn the qualities of good speaking and listening. It is these skills that will underpin their learning in reading and writing and allow them to express opinions and ideas successfully. Being able to recognise and use accurate Standard English in speech is what we aim to develop in all pupils.

At Park End Primary, we aim for our pupils to:


The English Programme of Study sets out the statutory requirements for the speaking and listening curriculum.

Statutory requirements

Pupils should be taught to:

Children are given the chance to learn and develop these skills through:

Speaking and listening learning will be implemented within all subjects of the curriculum.


The children of Park End Primary will be able to articulate their thoughts and ideas in a clear and concise manner, using the appropriate grammar and vocabulary. They will be attentive listeners who can respond to what they have heard in a constructive manner. Throughout their years in school, the pupils will learn how to use intonation, fluency and the appropriate register for the interaction or presentation. Pupils will apply their skills in all lessons and elements of school life and beyond.

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