We’re really excited about all of the new opportunities for spoken language here at Springwood Heath within our new English planning starting September 2018. We will provide regular opportunities for pupils to:

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates
  • gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
  • consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
  • select and use appropriate registers for effective communication                                                                                             (National Curriculum  Y1-6 Spoken language Programme of Study)


Debate at Springwood Heath


Debate Academy – enjoyed by our Y5 and Y6 classes

Debate Academy is ‘the UK’s leading fun and inspiring primary school debate programme, helping children develop essential skills in public speaking, persuasion, listening and critical thinking.’

‘We’re committed to equipping UK school children with unique skills they can use for a lifetime. We believe in raising aspirations, empowerment and a culture of respect.’


Drama at Springwood Heath

In addition to lots of new opportunities for drama in our new English planning, our children enjoy drama through:

  • class assemblies
  • end of year productions
  • celebratory assemblies
  • visits to the theatre
  • theatre groups visiting school


Poetry at Springwood Heath

Click here to see all the statutory requirements for poetry in the Primary English National Curriculum 



Speaking and Listening Policy Springwood Heath 2018

National Curriculum English Programme of Study

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