If you are already familiar with the Oracy strand of the
Framework, you will be aware that much emphasis is placed on
developing listening skills, particularly in the early stages. To
help ‘educate the ear’, we want children to have lots of
opportunities to listen to good models of pronunciation and to have
plenty of exposure to the sound patterns of the new language.
Also important in primary schools is
developing children’s understanding of conventions such as taking
turns to speak and valuing the contributions of others. By the time
they reach Year 6 they should be confident enough to initiate and
sustain a conversation and to understand longer pieces of spoken
- What sort of activities
can you do to encourage active listening?
- How do you develop
speaking skills in the early stages?
- How can you help children
to begin to make longer utterances?
Read through the Listening and Responding objectives from
Foundation stage to Year 6 in the
Primary Framework for Literacy.
How might these listening skills complement
listening skills developed in the Key Stage 2 Framework for