Communication at KS 1&2

Communication is central to the whole curriculum.  Pupils should be able to communicate in order to develop as individuals, to express themselves socially, emotionally and physically, to engage with others and to contribute as members of society.

However, effective communication also includes non-verbal modes of communication, wider literacy and the use of multimedia and ICT technologies which may combine different modes.  Pupils are therefore encouraged to become effective communicators by using a range of techniques, forms and media to convey information and ideas creatively and appropriately.

Communication encompasses the skills of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing in a range of contexts across the curriculum.  Standards of pupil competency in Language and Literacy are measured through the cross-curricular skill of Communication.

Across the curriculum, at a level appropriate to their ability, pupils should be enabled to develop skills in:

Talking and Listening

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • listen to and take part in discussions, explanations, role plays and presentations;
  • contribute comments, ask questions and respond to others' points of view;
  • communicate information, ideas, opinions, feelings and imaginings, using an expanding vocabulary;
  • structure talk so that ideas can be understood by others;
  • speak clearly and adapt ways of speaking to audience and situation;
  • use non-verbal methods to express ideas and engage with the listener.

Reading

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • read a range of texts* for information, ideas and enjoyment;
  • use a range of strategies to read with increasing independence;
  • find, select and use information from a range of sources;
  • understand and explore ideas, events and features in texts*;
  • use evidence from texts* to explain opinions.

* Texts refer to ideas that are organised to communicate and present a message in written, spoken, visual and symbolic forms.

Writing

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • talk about, plan and edit work;
  • communicate information, meaning, feelings, imaginings and ideas in a clear and organised way;
  • develop, express and present ideas in a variety of forms and formats, using traditional and digital resources, for different audiences and purposes;
  • write with increasing accuracy and proficiency.

Resources

C2k NewsDesk Using C2k NewsDesk as a Digital Tool to Inspire and Engage Pupils

This resource is a quick guide to using NewsDesk. It will help you to use NewsDesk to its maximum potential and to encourage your pupils to become actively engaged in their own learning.

Success Criteria Cards for Teachers and Pupils Success Criteria Cards for Teachers and Pupils

These Success Criteria Cards have been designed to help teachers match reading and writing activities to the appropriate standard, using the Levels of Progression for Communication when carrying out literacy activities. It is recommended that before you introduce these Success Criteria Cards to your pupils, you make them aware of the standards for the skill of Communication. You may wish to use the Ready Reckoners for Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing to help with this.

Teacher Guidance for Using Success Criteria Cards 954.1 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Teacher Success Criteria Cards – Reading 59.4 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Teacher Success Criteria Cards – Writing 88.1 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Pupil Success Criteria Cards – Reading 847 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Pupil Success Criteria Cards – Writing 235.2 KB - Uploaded 20-09-2017

Should you wish to trial the use of these cards in your classroom, we would love to hear from you.

Downloads

Levels of Progression in Communication
87.16 KB - uploaded 12-02-2014
Leibhéil de Dhul Chun Cinn sa Chumarsáid
122.92 KB - uploaded 12-02-2014
Expansion of LoP Communication (1-5), Reading
135.81 KB - uploaded 12-02-2014
Expansion of LoP Communication (1-5), Writing
141.33 KB - uploaded 12-02-2014