At Eaton Park Academy, we are firmly underway with our speaking and listening skills being used across the curriculum. This year we will have Nursery children through to Year 5 completing their Eaton Park Speakers exams. Our mission is, ‘to promote clear, effective and confident communication throughout Eaton Park.’ We would love all our children to be self-aware and have the ability to speak in front of people about the things they love. All of the children who have achieved speaking badges so far have found it a marvellous experience, where they get to show case their confidence and personalities through joining in with stories, reciting poetry and talking fluently about a special item. This year, Miss Fowler-Hill (Year 2) and Miss Robbins (Year 5) will become assessors and can’t wait to see our children’s outstanding effort and desire to succeed. We have designed a whole school programme which includes specific objectives for each year band specific to their needs. The children will work towards achieving these objectives as part of their learning in all subjects and will be assessed at the end against the set criteria by the leaders of the programme. Each child will be awarded with an Eaton Park Speakers certificate to reward their speaking achievements.
In the Early Years, children will be assessed on listening and attention, understanding and speaking. To be awarded the ‘Splendid Speakers’, the children will have to complete 3 sections: ‘Hello and Goodbye’, ‘Join in the Game’ and ‘Join in the Story’. The children’s teacher will be there to support them and the assessment will be completed in small groups. The friendly examiners encourage the children to discuss their favourite parts of the story. For example, the children adored sharing that their favourite part of ‘Not Now Bernard’ was when the monster appeared and mum hadn’t even noticed.
As the children travel into Year 1, they are encouraged to become more independent, in order to gain their second badge. For ‘Splendid Speakers’, the children have to complete: ‘Joining in the Game’, ‘Circle Time – speaking by heart’, ‘Circle Time – talking about something special’ and ‘Interacting with Others’. This badge really gives the children the opportunity to develop speaking in extended sentences and talking to engage an audience. It is tricky to stand in front of someone has talk aloud about something special, but our children thrive on sharing their items and love exploring them with the examiner.
When the children reach Year 2, they begin, ‘Stupendous Speakers’. This qualification is split into 4 sections: ‘Talk about Something Special’ (2 minutes), ‘Speaking by Heart’ (1 minute), ‘Reading Aloud’ (1 minute) and ‘Listening and Responding’. This year, we will be allowing the children to choose their favourite part of the class book, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and that is what they will read. They will learn to engage with their selected part of the story, reading with intonation and expression, while being able to discuss why it is their favourite part. They will also get the choice between a pirate and a dragon poem to rehearse. The children will be able to create their own actions and perform their poem to a high standard.
In Year 3, the children begin ‘Smashing Speakers’ which consists of: ‘Speaking by Heart’- reciting a poem from memory, ‘Reading Aloud’ – reading four pages of a book, ‘Talk about Something Special’ (2 minutes), and ‘Listening and Responding’. The children will engage with this by bringing in a short poem of their choice to recite, reading with expression and intonation from a familiar book, presenting something special to their peers and listening to, and answering questions from their peers. This will be completed in a small group setting to help build their confidence when speaking to others.
By Year 4, the children begin ‘Sensational Speakers’ which also consists of: ‘Speaking by Heart’- reciting a poem from memory, ‘Reading Aloud’ – reading four pages of a book, ‘Talk about Something Special’ (2 minutes), and ‘Listening and Responding’. Alongside the familiar structure of the assessment, the children will also be given various pictures to create a story from. For example, pictures of various settings and characters for them to piece together and provoke their imagination. This will be completed in a small group setting to help build their confidence when speaking to others.
Finally, Year 5 is where the children develop into ‘Superior Speakers’ and their journey through the EPA Speakers finishes ready for various speaking and listening opportunities they will have in Year 6 such as ambassador interviews, Head boy/girl speeches. The ‘Superior Speakers’ consists of: ‘Speaking by Heart’- reciting a poem from memory, ‘Reading Aloud’ – reading four pages of a book, ‘Talk about Something Special’ (3-4 minutes), and ‘Listening and Responding’. By this point, the children will be encouraged to bring in a presentation board to support their speech about ‘Something Special’ and engaging the audience will be assessed also.
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