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Free Speaking and Listening resources

Speaking and Listening EY - talking about family

Free: speaking and listening resources for Early Years

And before we go any further may I stress that the resources we are offering are completely free of charge.  There is no trickery; no requirement to buy or anything like that.

Our aim is simply to show you what is contained in our volume “Speaking and Listening Activities for the Early Years”.  The activities are available directly from me – all you have to do is drop me an email.

And having got the worksheets, you can re-use them as often as you wish.

The activities in question come from a series that is designed to aid the development of speaking and listening skills for children aged between two and five years and in each case the work is linked to the Statutory Framework for EYFS. 

Through these activities the children who use them will gain the skills they need to succeed at school and to help them develop friendships and the ability to co-operate.

Each lesson in the series is complete in itself and includes such topics as adding descriptions to nouns, saying hello and saying goodbye, learning opportunities linked to early learning goals, learning polite speech, objects which naturally go together, and so on.

In the free lessons we focus on helping children understand the issue of friendship, and how friends can be made.  These practical activities involve children having to make friends and share within a totally safe and controlled environment.

For a link to download these lessons free of charge, please visit this webpage.

If you would like to see details of the book from which these activities come from – please take a look at  Speaking and Listening Activities for the Early Years on our website.

You can order the Speaking and Listening Activities for the Early Years on our website for £18.50 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-book or both for a discounted price of £22.40.

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Get talking about bullying

get talking about bullying

Use this free resource to develop your childrens’ spoken language skills by highlighting a topic they will have been hearing about this week.

‘Some people suggest it is best to give in and do what the bully wants. But that won’t stop the bullying. You shouldn’t just put up with it. You should always report bullying.’

‘Bullies often say that their victims deserve to be bullied. But no one deserves to be bullied.’

After reading some thoughts like these about bullying the children are presented with 10 statements to make them think about the article more deeply. They are then encouraged to discuss their own views on the statements.

Download your free resource Discussing an issue: Bullying to increase the impact of anti-bullying week and get your pupils speaking AND listening.

The resource is taken from Brilliant Activities for Speaking and Listening KS2, a book of activities designed to develop the spoken language skills of children in Years 3–6. The activities provide full coverage of the National Curriculum requirements for spoken language. The pupil assessment sheets and advice on progress ensure that schools can develop competence in this vital area of the curriculum.

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Free Speaking and Listening activities linked to the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage

Speaking and listening are skills that we often take for granted, and yet it can take us years to grasp them and even longer to really master them. However, it is only when Continue reading

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Teaching speaking and listening in primary school

The National Curriculum in England only has one page on spoken language and this covers the entire primary curriculum for Year 1 to 6. The curriculum specifies that pupils should be taught to:

9781783172313 Brilliant Activities for Speaking and Listening KS2 Brilliant Publications

Brilliant Activities for Speaking and Listening Key Stage 2 (KS2)

  • 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.

The non-statutory notes helpfully state that ‘the content should be taught at a level appropriate to the age of the pupils. But if you are are Year 3 or a Year 6 teacher, how do you work out what speaking and listening skills to teach?

This is why we’ve brought out Brilliant Activities for Speaking and Listening at Key Stage 2.

The book contains 21 activities for Years 3–4 and 25 for Years 5-6. The activities range from interpreting facts and figures and working out the correct order in wich instructions and information are given to discussing and debating issues, such a bullying, junk foods and attitudes towards keeping pets. There are also opportunities for role-play, hot-seating, retelling stories, and for responding to and interpreting poems. The emphasis is on activities in which pupils use exploratory talk in order to clarify their viewpoints.

The following sample activities are available on our website, so you can ‘try before you buy’:

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Encouraging reading by exploring the traditions

The requirement that pupils should develop pleasure in reading by becoming familiar with, among other things, fairy stories and traditional tales has long been with us.

Fairy tales and traditions feature in the KS1 English Programmes of Study which is why we have published Understanding Traditional Stories: a photocopiable teacher resource book containing a range of fairy tales, fables and folk stories from around the world. Continue reading

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