At St. Clare’s we recognise the importance of speaking and listening skills. Speaking and listening underpins all that we do and therefore are the building blocks of learning. In order to develop your child’s speaking and listening skills I regularly set ‘Talk Homework’. On the class page I will post the ‘Talk Homework’ and ask that you discuss the topics and questions outlined on the document. This homework involves discussion only. It is clear that those children who complete their ‘Talk Homework’
regularly feel more confident in tackling the different activities in school.
TALK HOMEWORK IS A CHANCE TO:
o Help your child to think through and discuss initial ideas in order to develop the thought process
o Ask your child for their opinions
o Explain your own opinion and how it is fine to have different views or opinions
o Develop your child’s vocabulary
Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved in the Talk Homework
o Make it an enjoyable activity
o Switch off the television to try to ensure that this is dedicated talking and listening time
o Use the ‘because’ word to explain why they might have a different idea.
o Encourage thinking about exciting words to use to make their writing more interesting.
o Begin a conversation by modelling… “I think that… because …
Completing this short activity will have a great impact on your child’s learning and understanding. Please click here Goldilocks The document doesn’t need to be written on or sent back to school it is a great opportunity to become more involved in your child’s learning. If you are unsure or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.