Tel: 01642 471 298 Head Teacher: Kirsty Reilly School Contact: Mrs Dack office@riverdaleprimary.org.uk

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Communication

Across the school day, we aim to develop

• An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said.
• A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.

• Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.

• An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.

• A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.

• A delight in initiating and joining in conversations.

• Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.

We will do this by giving children the opportunity to communicate across the whole curriculum in the following ways.

• Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.

• Listen to and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.

• Through reading identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories.

• Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals.

• Practise and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of standard English.

• Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure.

• Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points.
As children progress through school there are key milestones they are judged against and they are linked to age related expectations at these points in time.  We have three key milestone points across the school. we aim for children to achieve. Milestone 1 is expected standard by the end of Year 2, Milestone 2 is the expected standard by the end of Year 4 and Milestone 3 is the expected standard by the end of Year6.
Please click on the link below for details of the learning milestones for communication.

Communication milestones pdf