Primarily, it is our belief that, in order for children to be effective communicators, they first must master listening in order to process, understand and appropriately engage. With this as a sturdy foundation, our children can begin to grow in confidence, ask questions, build vocabulary and articulate themselves, describing and explaining. They will follow a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the academy. Through clear speech and vibrant conversation, it is our hope that they develop understanding of speaking in different contexts in addition to a growing awareness of the reactions of the listener and when to use more formal registers.
Being a communicator pervades practically every aspect of our academy; it doesn’t just happen in the classroom. It underpins playground etiquette, corridor interactions and collaborations between peers. Within the classroom, opportunities to see spoken language include: hotseating, conscience alleys, debates and discussions, interviewing, recitals, asking and answering questions, discussions around developing work, and presenting information. Additional opportunities might be found in assembly speaking or public presentations and seasonal showcases. Incorrect grammar is corrected at every opportunity by staff.
Children at Old Clee love the opportunity to use the spoken word; it gives them the self-affirmation they crave! They get a buzz from having a platform to voice their opinions. The children at Old Clee know what it means to be an effective communicator, they feel it is important to be given the opportunity to speak in front of, and respond to, a wide range of audiences, developing transferable skills that might be used in a range of situations. If anything, when asked, they just want the chance to purposely speak, more!