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Primary ITT - Enrichment event 4, Communication and Language

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Edna G Olds Primary School

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Nottingham

NG7 1SJ

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Enrichment 4

Communication and Language

This session discusses strategies and resourses that teachers can use to encourage the development of language and communication in the primary classroom.


1.15pm - 4pm - Students and mentors

4pm - 5pm - Mentor and coordinators meeting with Becky Riley and Carmen Mohamed




Preparatory Tasks and Reflections

Select two or three lessons to observe and focus your observations on communication and language development.

Look for examples of:

  • adults listening to children;
  • adults scaffolding children’s communication and language development;
  • children communicating with adults;
  • children communicating with other children;
  • different languages being explicitly recognised and respected.

Listen carefully to children talking in different contexts such as: whole class discussions with the teacher; small group discussions with or without adult support; discussions not related to a classroom task.

For each context consider:

  • the purpose of the talk, whether everyone is aware of this purpose and whether the talk is achieving its purpose;
  • who is organising the talk and how the talk is being managed;
  • who is taking part in the discussion and why;
  • whether there are children who are not taking part and why;
  • what the outcomes of the talk are for all children.


Reflection Point

Think about the lessons you have observed. Do you think there are particular issues around communication and language development for children in urban schools? As a beginning teacher in an urban school, what aspects of communication and language development would you like to know more about?




Venue - Edna G Olds Academy, Church St, Nottingham NG7 1SJ

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