The National Curriculum of 2014 highlights how spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. At Dallas Road we plan a range of activities and experiences to develop pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills. Pupils develop a capacity to explain their understanding of books and other reading materials, and prepare their ideas before they write. Writing is often taught using the teaching approaches in ‘Talk for writing.’ Pupils are taught to understand and use the conventions for discussion and debate. We use stimulating topics for children to debate in class as well as topical issues.
We have many productions at Dallas Road (such as class assemblies and key stage performances) where pupils participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with drama. Pupils are able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role.