Communication

Communication Years 1 and 2
 
By the end of Year 1 pupils should have a basic grasp of all of this content. By the end of Year 2 pupils should have an advancing understanding of this content, whilst some will have a deep understanding.
 
In Years 1 and 2 pupils:
  • Sift information and focus on the important points.
  • Seek clarification when a message is not clear.
  • Understand instructions with more than one point.
  • Use subject specific vocabulary to explain and describe.
  • Suggest words or phrases appropriate to the topic being discussed.
  • Identify homophones.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
Communication Years 3 and 4
 
By the end of Year 3 pupils should have a basic grasp of all of this content. By the end of Year 4 pupils should have an advancing understanding of this content, whilst some will have a deep understanding.
 
In Years 3 and 4 pupils:
  • Engage in discussions, making relevant points.
  • Ask for specific additional information to clarify.
  • Understand the meaning of some phrases beyond the literal interpretation.
  • 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 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.
  • Bring stories to life with expression and intonation.
  • Read the audience to know when to add detail and when to leave it out.
  • 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.
Communication Years 5 and 6
 
By the end of Year 5 pupils should have a basic grasp of all of this content. By the end of Year 6 pupils should have an advancing understanding of this content, whilst some will have a deep understanding.
 
In Years 5 and 6 pupils:
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Negotiate and compromise by offering alternatives.
  • Debate, using relevant details to support points.
  • Offer alternative explanations when others don’t understand.