Group discussion and interaction
3. To talk effectively as members of a group, pupils should be taught to:
- make contributions relevant to the topic and take turns in discussion
- vary contributions to suit the activity and purpose, including exploratory and tentative comments where ideas are being collected together, and reasoned, evaluative comments as discussion moves to conclusions or actions
- qualify or justify what they think after listening to others' questions or accounts
- deal politely with opposing points of view and enable discussion to move on
- take up and sustain different roles, adapting them to suit the situation, including chair, scribe and spokesperson
- use different ways to help the group move forward, including summarising the main points, reviewing what has been said, clarifying, drawing others in, reaching agreement, considering alternatives and anticipating consequences.