Communication at KS3

Communication is central to the whole curriculum. Children should be able to communicate in order to express themselves socially, emotionally and physically, to develop as individuals, engage with others and contribute as members of society. The modes of communication include talking and listening, reading and writing. 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.

The requirements for Communication are set out below in bold.

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 their talk and speak clearly so that ideas can be understood by others;
  • adapt ways of speaking to audience and situation;
  • use non-verbal methods to express ideas and engage with the listener.


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.

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


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.


Ready ReckonersReady Reckoners

The purpose of this resource is to assist teachers and pupils in levelling a piece of work. The Statutory Requirements are listed on the left hand side with the key word underneath summarising the focus of the Requirement. Key words or short phrases are given at each level and a word highlighted in bold indicates that this is what differentiates it from the previous level.

Ready Reckoner for Reading 64 KB - uploaded 10-27-2015

Ready Reckoner for Talking & Listening 69 KB - uploaded 10-27-2015

Ready Reckoner for Writing 63 KB - uploaded 10-27-2015

Communication ChecklistsA Literary Resource for Pupils and Teachers

This pack contains a set of Communication Checklists that cover the following modes of Communication:
- Talking and Listening
- Reading; and
- Writing

Teachers can choose a small selection of points from a card, giving pupils a focus when taking part in activities which involve Talking and Listening, Reading or Writing in their class. The cards have been designed for use across the Curriculum in a variety of different situations.

Talking & Listening Checklist: Cards 464 KB - Uploaded 06-13-2016

Talking & Listening Checklist: Posters 563 KB - Uploaded 06-13-2016

Reading Checklist: Cards 515 KB - Uploaded 06-13-2016

Reading Checklist: Posters 645 KB - Uploaded 06-13-2016

Writing Checklist: Cards 467 KB - Uploaded 06-13-2016

Writing Checklist: Posters 655 KB - Uploaded 06-13-2016

Developing Communication Skills in Learning for Life and WorkDeveloping Communication Skills in Learning for Life and Work

This document highlights where Communication skills can be developed in Learning for Life and Work activities and provides guidelines for teachers on how to help pupils improve their skills.


Starter activity for improving Talking and ListeningStarter Activity for Talking and Listening

This is a resource to support teachers in developing the skills of talking and listening, especially for those pupils at Key Stage 3 who are underachieving.

This is a starter activity designed to help pupils to focus on the specific aspects of the skills that will be assessed in the classroom activities.

Starter activity for improving Talking and Listening outcomes 277 KB - Uploaded 06-04-2016


Levels of Progression in Communication
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Leibhéil de Dhul Chun Cinn sa Chumarsáid
82.33 KB - uploaded 04-02-2014
Revised Expansion (Levels 1-7), Reading
170.52 KB - uploaded 27-10-2015
Revised Expansion (Levels 1-7), Writing
168.72 KB - uploaded 27-10-2015