The Communication Curriculum
Communication is a subject developed within Temple Moor, exposing students to the process behind written and verbal communication with the aim of developing proficiency in their academic work and employability skills. Our students will be able to write clearly, concisely and effectively; they will know how to effectively and efficiently organise their ideas. Through their development of verbal communication skills our students will become engaging and articulate speakers, with the confidence that comes from knowing that they can express their ideas clearly and powerfully.
Research indicates that the development of these skills allows students to better access the wider curriculum. Our curriculum is built on the knowledge that success is the result of a process of preparation, development, reflection and refinement.
Details about curriculum structure
The Communication curriculum covers three key areas:
Oracy is the ability to express oneself fluently and grammatically in speech. Research suggests that strong spoken-language skills have a positive impact on students’ written expression which results in academic success. The ability to communicate confidently and effectively is essential for professional success, with businesses and training institutions consistently rating ‘communication skills’ as a quality they look for when hiring employees.
Communication students take part in formal debates, class discussions, group activities and individual presentations designed to embed the knowledge of how to be an effective speaker; provide the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice, and encourage reflection on their personal progress.
Strong written communication skills are at the heart of the Communication curriculum. By studying and producing speech scripts, articles, academic essays and infographics, students learn to write with clarity, style and purpose in a variety of formats, and for a variety of audiences.
By allowing students to take the time to refine and master their written communication, all other forms of their communication become more successful. This is crucial in supporting students in their academic success.
Research and information gathering underpins the Communication curriculum. Our students learn how to identify the information they need for the task at hand; they learn how to search for, filter and prioritise that information. In doing so, our students become better researchers and, in turn, are more successful within all aspects of the curriculum.
What will students study?
Key Stage 3
Students are introduced to the fundamental features of debating and discussion – the basis of group work and productive professional and social relationships. They are introduced to the steps of the ‘Communication Process’ – a framework for approaching their studies across all school subjects. They will learn basic research skills and develop their understanding of how to conduct effective investigations into topics, as well as how to present their ideas with clarity. As the school year progresses, students will produce an infographic combining visual and textual representation of information and consolidate their knowledge through the creation and delivery of an individual speech to a live audience.
Students begin with a series of small-group debates, taking greater responsibility for organising and developing their points. They learn new techniques of argument and persuasion. The ‘Communication Process’ remains the foundation of lessons; throughout Year 8, students learn about the steps in greater detail and become able to apply these steps more effectively across the curriculum. Students learn new strategies for gathering, filtering and organising information – essential knowledge for effective self-learning and revision habits – and apply these in a series of written pieces and projects. Students are again given the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge through the production of presentations that will be delivered to a live audience.
Students take part in debates and discussions that emphasise the essential role of preparation and practice in achieving success, making links to the wider-world and career considerations in scenarios such as interviews and meetings. Students develop and practise strategies for gathering, filtering and organising information. They learn how to effectively structure and retrieve information, which supports self-learning and revision strategies. Students will complete written projects that link to wider-world and career scenarios, emphasising clarity, tone and effect of language in relation to real-world scenarios.
Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities in the subject
Students are able to partake in a variety of extra-curricular activities, in partnership with the school library. These include: a student librarian team, coding workshops, creative writing activities, author visits, creative project competitions and reading promotions.
Where could this subject ultimately take you?
The knowledge acquired by students in the course of the Communication curriculum underpins success in all areas of life: academic, social and professional. The ability to communicate confidently, precisely and powerfully will allow our students to impress examiners, make friends, influence employers, win clients and achieve all of the goals they set themselves in order to build happy and successful lives.