We’re really excited about all of the new opportunities for spoken language here at Springwood Heath within our new English planning ‘Power of Reading’ 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 

National Curriculum English Programme of Study

We are currently in the second year of a three -year project with Voice 21 https://voice21.org/) through which we hope to:

Transform teaching & learning through talk

Oracy develops students’ confidence, articulacy and capacity to learn.
That’s why Voice 21 supports teachers and schools to provide a high quality oracy education which empowers students, regardless of their background, to find their voice for success in school and in life. (Voice 21 website)

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