Attention and Listening Skills

School Years 3-6

Good listening skills are important for being able to join in with activities and interacting with others.

The development of listening and attention skills is essential to promote a child’s understanding and use of language.

In Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 children will usually…….

  • Be much more able to be selective about what they need to listen to and are able integrate listening with other tasks.
  • Have flexible attention which can be sustained for lengthy periods.
  • Be able to integrate visual and auditory information with ease.
  • Be able to be taught in a group

You can help by:

  • Making sure you look at the child you are speaking to
  • Ensure you have the child’s attention before giving instruction e.g say the child’s name first and wait for him/her to look.
  • Minimise distracting background noise both inside and outside the classroom
  • Minimise visual distractions, especially behind the teacher
  • Try to to keep children’s desk free from clutter

  • Barrier games
  • Recognising good and poor listening – rules of the classroom
  • Ask, listen and check techniques – prompts students to listen closely to conversation and provide structure for continuing conversation. Student asks a question and listens for an answer then asks a further question to clarify the answer/seek more information
  • Missing information – deliberately miss out key pieces of information. Students must identify what is missing and