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The Willows School Academy Trust

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Speaking & Listening

Language provides the foundation of thinking and learning and is prioritised with high quality adult-child interactions and daily speaking and listening sessions. We use a range of approaches including planning the teaching of vocabulary, modelling and extending children's language and thinking during interactions and activities, such as reading. 


Collaborative activities that provide opportunities to learn/hear language also provide opportunities for wider learning through talk. Social skills and problem solving as well as knowledge are developed.


We aim to:

  • enable the children to express themselves clearly using standard spoken English.  
  •  encourage the children to listen attentively to others and value their opinions, as well as learning to concentrate on and carry out instructions.
  • encourage the children to read fluently, confidently and with understanding.  We hope that this will foster an enjoyment of reading throughout their lives.
  • encourage the children to write in different ways for different purposes and to become confident, independent writers. 
  • encourage handwriting that is legible and correct use of spelling and punctuation.



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