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Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening

From their first days in school, children are encouraged to develop their oral language ability. As adults, much of our communication is by talking rather than writing. Many classroom activities begin with a discussion and the use of language is regarded as being fundamentally important to learning and understanding in every aspect of the curriculum. Language activities are designed and structured so as to enable all children to develop, as fully as possible, the ability to express themselves clearly and appropriately. The use of Talk Partners is an established practice throughout school. As parents, you can help your child by encouraging his/her questions and being prepared to answer these questions as fully and clearly as possible as well as by involving yourself in his/her discoveries.