Characteristic of a Good Communicator
We believe that children who excel in Communicating have these essential characteristics:
• An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said.
• A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.
• Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
• An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
• A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
• A delight in initiating and joining in conversations.
• Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.
In order to excel in Communicating, we believe that children throughout our school must achieve the following learning objectives:
• To listen carefully and understand
• To develop a wide and interesting vocabulary
• To speak with clarity
• To tell stories with structure
• To hold conversations and debates
Specifically, the children should master the skills below:
Key Stage 1
Lower Key Stage 2
Upper Key Stage 2
|To listen carefully and understand||• Sift information and focus on the important points.
• Seek clarification when a message is not clear.
• Understand instructions with more than one point.
|• Engage in discussions, making relevant points.
• Ask for specific additional information to clarify.
• Understand the meaning of some phrases beyond the literal interpretation.
|• Understand how to answer questions that require more than a yes/no or single sentence response.
• Recognise and explain some idioms.
• Understand irony (when it is obvious).
|To develop a wide and interesting vocabulary||• Use subject specific vocabulary to explain and describe.
• Suggest words or phrases appropriate to the topic being discussed.
• Identify homophones.
|• Use time, size and other measurements to quantify.
• Use interesting adjectives, adverbial phrases and extended noun phrases in discussion.
• Use vocabulary that is appropriate to the topic being discussed or the audience that is listening.
|• Use adventurous and sophisticated vocabulary.
• Explain the meaning of words, offering alternatives.
• Use a wide range of phrases that include determiners, modifiers and other techniques to add extra interest and clarity.
|To speak with clarity||• Speak in a way that is clear and easy to understand.
• Demonstrate good phonic knowledge by clearly pronouncing the sounds within words.
• Identify syllables within words.
|• Use verbs with irregular endings.
• Use a mixture of sentence lengths to add interest to discussions and explanations.
• Use intonation to emphasise grammar and punctuation when reading aloud.
|• Vary the length and structure of sentences.
• Ask questions and make suggestions to take an active part in discussions.
• Comment on the grammatical structure of a range of spoken and written accounts.
|To tell stories with structure||• Ensure stories have a setting, plot and a sequence of events.
• Recount experiences with interesting detail.
• Predict events in a story.
• Give just enough detail to keep the audience engaged.
|• Bring stories to life with expression and intonation.
• Read the audience to know when to add detail and when to leave it out.
|• Narrate detailed and exciting stories.
• Use the conventions and structure appropriate to the type of story being told.
• Interweave action, character descriptions, settings and dialogue.
|To hold conversations and debates||• Take turns to talk, listening carefully to the contributions of others.
• Vary language between formal and informal according to the situation.
• Add humour to a discussion or debate where appropriate.
|• Make relevant comments or ask questions in a discussion or a debate.
• Seek clarification by actively seeking to understand others’ points of view.
• Respectfully challenge opinions or points, offering an alternative.
|• Negotiate and compromise by offering alternatives.
• Debate, using relevant details to support points.
• Offer alternative explanations when others don’t understand.