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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown



The cross-curricular skills of Communication, Using Mathematics, and Using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are the bedrock skills through which young people access knowledge. These skills are developed across the curriculum and are the responsibility of all teachers. Emphasis is placed on transferring, applying and ‘using’ skills effectively, throughout the curriculum. Schools will be required to assess and report annually on each pupil’s progression in the Cross-Curricular Skills with reference to Levels of Progression.


Communication at KS3

Communication is central to the whole curriculum. Children should be able to communicate in order to express themselves socially, emotionally and physically, to develop as individuals, engage with others and contribute as members of society. The modes of communication include talking and listening, reading and writing. However, effective communication also includes non-verbal modes of communication, wider literacy and the use of multimedia and ICT technologies which may combine different modes.

The requirements for Communication are set out below in bold.

Across the curriculum, at a level appropriate to their ability, pupils should be enabled to develop skills in:

Talking and Listening

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • listen to and take part in discussions, explanations, role plays and presentations;
  • contribute comments, ask questions and respond to others' points of view;
  • communicate information, ideas, opinions, feelings and imaginings, using an expanding vocabulary;
  • structure their talk and speak clearly so that ideas can be understood by others;
  • adapt ways of speaking to audience and situation;
  • use non-verbal methods to express ideas and engage with the listener.


Pupils should be enabled to:

  • read a range of texts* for information, ideas and enjoyment;
  • use a range of strategies to read with increasing independence;
  • find, select and use information from a range of sources;
  • understand and explore ideas, events and features in texts*;
  • use evidence from texts* to explain opinions.

*Note on texts: Texts refer to ideas that are organised to communicate and present a message in written, spoken, visual and symbolic forms.


Pupils should be enabled to:

  • talk about, plan and edit work;
  • communicate information, meaning, feelings, imaginings and ideas in a clear and organised way;
  • develop, express and present ideas in a variety of forms and formats, using traditional and digital resources, for different audiences and purposes;
  • write with increasing accuracy and proficiency