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Speaking and Listening


Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Speaking and Listening



Communicating effectively is a key life skill.

At Borrow Wood we aim to:

  • develop confident speakers that can share their own opinions and views clearly in a wide range of situations.
  • ensure that our children to use a wide range of vocabulary in the correct context.
  • ensure that our children demonstrate attentive and sustained listening.



We provide opportunities for children to:

  • share experiences.
  • build their vocabulary.
  • consider and evaluate different view points, attending to and building on the contribution of others.
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • develop well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including expressing feelings.
  • present and perform within our curriculum and school  events.


We provide individualised support for children who need to develop their speaking and listening skills. Staff provide excellent models for speaking and listening skills and refer to the Herts for Learning Education Spoken Language Progression document when planning speaking and listening activities.



By the time the children leave Primary School children are :

  • confident in the art of speaking and listening, able to use discussion to communicate effectively in a wide range of situations.
  • sensitive and responsive listeners.
  • able to use varied and rich vocabulary in informal and formal situations.
  • confident to sequence ideas logically in discussions and presentations.
  • able to build in their own and others’ ideas and challenge views respectfully.
  • able to speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.