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Spoken Language

What the national curriculum

requires in spoken language at key stage 1 and key stage 2


Pupils should be taught 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.