Key stage 2

Facts and figures


days of school were missed for most children as a result of COVID-19.


of all children have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).


of 7-14year olds with behaviour problems have a language difficulty.


of children at risk of exclusion from school have SLCN (speech, language and communication needs).


Between the ages of 7-11, children begin to grasp complex vocabulary, use language more playfully and understand that words can convey multiple meanings. You may notice that children make jokes, tell entertaining stories and become more expressive; particularly in the way they articulate feelings and the way in which they interact socially.

Children at KS2 also tend to recognise when something is grammatically incorrect and develop the confidence to ask for clarification when they don’t understand. The language they form during these formative years is the foundation of the communication skills that will take them into KS3 and eventually into adulthood.

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At KS2 it’s important to encourage children to talk openly and show an interest when they do. Be enthusiastic and engaging when they initiate conversation and allow them time to form a reply. Where possible, try to introduce complex words to expand their vocabulary, but be mindful to supplement these with simpler phrases the children know well. Most of all check that children understand what is being said and anchor conversations around topics they enjoy.

Help & support

If you’re concerned about a child’s speech, language and communication development, or simply seeking some support, there are a number of helpful organisations you can contact. Ones we recommend include: The Communication Trust (a database of commonly used intervention programmes and their evidence), ICAN(a communication charity providing information and support) and AFASIC (a parent-led initiative offering objective advice).

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General training


Discover our range of free online speech, language and communication resources offering tips and resources you can easily apply with children at school.

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Training those who work with children in a professional capacity is a key part of the speech and language therapy work we undertake within the Bi-borough Children’s Services. If your role requires regular contact with children find out how our training can help you to communicate more effectively with babies through to teenager.