Speaking and Listening is a brand new strand of the best-selling series Developing Literacy. There is one book of photocopiable activity sheets for each year of primary school. The government have recently published a complete set of teaching objectives for this important area in a document entitled Speaking, listening, learning: Working with children in KS1 and KS2 which was sent to all primary school teachers, heads and deputies. This has given a higher status to talk in the classroom. These books provide a wealth of focused tasks and activities designed to develop skills in speaking, listening, group discussion and interaction, and drama.
Ray Barker has been closely involved with the National Literacy Strategy. Christine Moorcroft is a former teacher, lecturer and OFSTED inspector. They are the best-selling authors of Developing Literacy.