Speaking and listening skills are the foundation of a child's success and we aim to make them a priority in Wolvercote School. Research shows that language skills are closely linked to improved life chances and social mobility.
Teaching & learning
Children have regular opportunities to speak with a partner to develop their ideas. They learn skills to communicate in larger groups and to know what ‘active listening’ means. We build vocabulary acquisition across the curriculum. When children answer questions in class, we encourage them to speak in full sentences and to use the appropriate technical language. The adults working in school model speaking in full sentences and with a wide range of vocabulary when communicating with children.
Equality of opportunity
We run a ‘Spiralls’ intervention and provide other high-quality support for children with delayed language development.