Talking in front of an audience can be a daunting task for both adults and children. It’s also a great skill to have. These handy hints will help pupils to feel confident and prepared before speaking in public.
Dr Weston shares her thoughts and advice on how parents can help to develop children’s oracy skills (speaking and communicating ideas effectively) through simple family conversations. She also explains why this is so important to their development and attainment.
Well done for giving your presentation! The ability to speak well in front of an audience is an amazing skill to develop. Use this worksheet to reflect on how your talk went, what you learned and what you might do differently next time.
Dr Weston Talks with Professor Neil Mercer: Oracy and the Power of Speaking Well in School and at Home
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Neil Mercer about the importance of oracy. They discuss how parents can have a huge impact on developing and cultivating children’s talking and listening skills through simple family conversations at home. They also talk about the important roles schools should play in oracy education and Professor Mercer gives simple tips for teachers to apply in the classroom, to encourage pupils to ‘talk well’.
Transitioning to a new school is a big step. Use our conversation prompts to inspire family chats about your children’s time at primary school and what they can look forward to as they move on to secondary.
Try to develop your child’s voice at home in family talk and discussions. Help them to look at things from different perspectives, weigh things up and offer opinions. Teach them to take their turn and to listen to others.
Oracy is the skill of speaking and communicating ideas effectively. We can practice oracy in numerous ways in our everyday lives. Use this profile to find our what things you are already good at and what you need to develop.