Communication

The area of Communication includes Reading, Writing and Talking and Listening.

Talking and Listening

PDMU

Personal development and Mutual Understanding is an important part of our curriculum. PDMU is linked to all aspects of life and work in school, flowing through activities and discussions in class, to learning how to interact with others out in the playground. It is concerned with establishing a sense of personal responsibility, self-esteem, sensitivity to the needs of others and being part of a community both within the school and beyond it.

Each Tuesday our class goes to the hall to take part in ’circle time’. Through discussions and activities the children learn that they are valued and have a place in this world, allowing them to grow in confidence and learn about others issues concerning their own personal health.

Community of Enquiry

A community of enquiry is a place where you share a story or a poem, and discuss it in a safe and stimulating environment, where children think for themselves and learn to value the thinking of others.

Show and Tell

What is Show and Tell?

Building up Pride & Confidence

Show and Tell is a chance for our young pupils to show off their “prized possessions”. Being centre of attention for a couple of minutes will make them feel special and important. These emotions will make them feel more confident and valued. Who doesn’t like being the centre of attention? Even if it’s for a minute or two! Having your prized possessions as the talking point will emphasise their confidence and, it is always helpful to talk about something that you are passionate about!

Increasing Social Skills

Further social skills are gained with show and tell, for both the speaker and the audience. There is encouragement for the audience to sit still and listen thoroughly, taking all the information in. For the speaker, there is the encouragement to ensure that they are heard loud and clear and making sure that the information gets to the audience. The discipline and respect for others is therefore strengthened throughout this process, which will help them in further education.

The importance of communication through body language is also emphasised through this process. Teachers ensure that the speaker faces the audience to make themselves come across more prominent and clear when presenting. The volume levels of the presenter’s voice is also monitored to make sure that they are not too quiet or too loud. This in turn ensures that the rest of the class doesn’t miss anything!

Writing Poetry

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Writing a report

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Spelling Strategies