“Communication is the foundation of relationships and is essential for learning, play and social interaction”, thecommuncationtrust.org.uk
Being able to communicate is arguably the most important skill we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning, ordering food, sorting out problems, putting thoughts across, making friends and having fun with others. Looking ahead in our ever changing world, more employers now rate communication skills as their highest priority even above qualifications. It is for these reasons we have been taking a closer look at Communication in PSHE this term in Year 1 through to Year 6.
In Years 1, 2 and 3 we have been focusing on what communication means; when news/a message is sent from one person to another person and looked at the different ways we communicate; using words – spoken, including the tone of voice and written in texts/emails/letters and using the body - facial expressions to show emotions, gestures, posture and how to approach someone who looks unhappy or angry.
In Year 4 we have looked at how some children may experience limited communication e.g. due to a physical disability and consider what communication difficulties they may encounter at school. In Year 5 and 6 the children have been exploring how some conversations can be more successful or break down depending on what and how things are said.
Communication is essential so children are able to understand and be understood.