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Communication policy 4

  1. 1. Speaking and ListeningA wide range of activities take place to develop pupils skills within the area ofspeaking and listening. It is recognised that the context of these activities mightvary according to the age and the interests of the pupil. For example, a group ofpupils within Key Stages 1 and 2 might be encouraged to listen to and take part instory telling activities, while at Key Stages 3 and 4 a speaking and listening activityis more likely to be, for example, based on a discussion about which pop groupthey like best and why. For some pupils who have little or no speech,contributions to speaking and listening activities might be made via the use of aswitch or other communication aid. All contributions will be equally valued.Drama has much to offer pupils and has proved to be a valuable medium forimproving speaking and listening skills.ReadingStaff use different approaches to teaching reading according to pupils individualneeds or difficulties. Phonics is used to support pupils in developing theirunderstanding of letter sounds. Jolly Phonics is used in Lower School while SnappyPhonics is felt to be more age appropriate for pupils in Upper School. A wide rangeof resources support the teaching of phonics.The main reading schemes are the Oxford Reading Tree used in Lower School andSongbirds and Project X in Upper School. Both schemes are complimented by arange of supplementary reading materials at each level. The school has additionalmaterial from the schemes with symbols in order to increase the pupils access tothe books. Staff have prepared books and flash cards, sentences and individualwords, abstracted from the schemes. Stories from both schemes are also availableon interactive computer programs. Older pupils are encouraged to choose freereading books and to read newspapers and magazines.The value of using background and social sight reading material is alsorecognised. The school has its own library which is regularly used by pupils. Thelibrary contains a wide and growing selection of books including those preparedby pupils themselves, many accompanied by symbols. It also contains a widerange of non-fiction texts including autobiographies, journals, diaries, letters,travel writings and leaflets. There is also a library of Bag Books, both bought andmade in school, available for learners whose access to stories is increased by tactileand multisensory routes. Pupils throughout the school make use of the mobilelibrary which visits school each term, project book boxes and the local publiclibraries on Walney and in Barrow. Pupils at all key stages are encouraged to listento shared stories and to read for enjoyment.WritingIt is acknowledged that many pupils will not become cursive writers and thatsome will remain unable to hand-write their own first name. Informationtechnology has an important role to play in providing a means by which pupilsmight write, ensuring that, where applicable, production is not limited by poor ornon-existent hand writing. For many of the pupils who attend George Hastwell

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