Talking, Listening and Communicating


We all know talking and listening are vital to a growing child’s development and ability to communicate with others. Here are some ideas to promote both skills.

Week beginning 15.6.20

Use the prompts on the Reading and Writing page to discuss your time in Primary 4.

Week beginning 7.6.20 – Secret Agent Training

Everyone knows that secret agents need to communicate but they have to find ways to keep their messages secret.  Why not become a secret agent by trying out some of these communication activities.

Click on the pictures to find out more.

Or visit these websites for more ideas on secret codes.




Week beginning 1.6.20 – Sports Commentating

Since it is virtual sports week why not try creating (and possibly recording )a sports style commentary. 

A commentary is where someone explains what is happening in an exciting way.  They use expression in their voice and amazing adjectives and verbs.

Check out this commentary by a professional called Andrew Cotter who decided to commentate on his dogs during lockdown:

The commentary could be about anything such as watching your pets, someone in your family cooking, playing games etc.  Or commentate one of your races for virtual sports week.

The Sports Shed also has some clips that feature commentarys.


Here is a fun story telling idea that you can do with your family or friends, maybe even through a video chat.

Here’s a great storytelling game that’s fun for all the family or even one you can play virtually #storytelling #storytime #lockdownfun #homeschooling #youngwriters

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Deaf Awareness Week

Last week was Deaf Awareness Week and although this page is called Talking and Listening it is really about communicating with others.  Last Thursday at the education hub the learners and staff were lucky to be taught sign language by Baylee in P2.  It was fantastic and Baylee was a super teacher.

So here is a link to Newsround that has videos and activities, including  a quiz, to help develop our understanding of hearing difficulties and loss.

Here is the alphabet using British Sign Language.


*You could try spelling out words and have someone guess what you were saying.

*There will be websites and videos that show how to communicate words and phrases using sign language.

*Sing a song while using sign language:


*Create a powerpoint, poster, leaflet or video showing what you have learned, including how to approach someone who cannot hear.

*Investigate the different sign language used in different countries.  In the UK we use British Sign Language (BSL) however some countries use different actions.

Remember to post or send us any pictures or description of your learning experiences.



An important skill we teach in P4 and beyond is note taking and we can use video clips to do this.  Here is a video explanation of VE day and its importance.  Tips for good listening and note taking:

*Watch it through once and then note take the second time (a benefit of using a video clip)

*Choose a way to record your notes: headings, mind map or flow chart.

*Using different colours in your notes can help.

Links to talking: you could share what you have found with someone in your family or record it using video or audio.

Mind map example



Listening and talking outdoors:

*Poetry- create a poem or word cloud using sounds you can hear outside.  Here is an example for rainy weather:

There are word cloud generators online or you could do it by hand.

*Scavenger hunt but you are listening for things.

Use a template or ask some one to make a list for you. You could be the one to make it up for someone else.

*Long distance listening and talking: find a way to communicate with someone that is a distance away, for example you could be trying to talk to someone at the other end of the path or garden.

Ask each other questions or see if someone can understand what you’re saying from a distance. Can you find a way to make the person’s voice louder or your hearing better?


*Listen and draw : one person describes a picture and the other has to draw it. Art is not the focus here but positional language and accurate information.

*Communication: explore other ways of communicating such as sign language, Braille and Morse Code.

*Sing speak: a fun way to converse using a style of music most linked with musicals and operas (p4 have had lots of experience with this in school).

*Tongue twisters: so much fun for all ages.

*Poetry: move on from Scots poetry to other types.

*Following instructions: give simple instructions then create a challenge by swapping them, e.g. when I say down you jump, up means crouch down. Makes the brain work twice as hard!

*Blindfold: one person is blindfolded while someone guides you around the room or a simple obstacle course in the garden. Helps you to really appreciate your eyesight and as always be careful – safety first!

*Taboo: try to describe something without saying certain words.

*Warm up vocals: there are videos and activities on the web that actors and singers use to warm up the facial muscles and vocal chords. They can be really fun.

*Read a book, comic or magazine aloud. Use different voices to entertain yourself or your audience.


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