Talk Matters at Talbot
This year, we have embarked on an exciting journey to develop talk across the curriculum through using the
‘Talk Matters’ teaching strategies. This is because research suggests a direct correlation between oracy skills
and overall success.
We use our ‘Talk Matters’ strategies to focus on three key skills:
Asking for clarification.
By using these key skills, our children feel increasingly confident about their learning and relish the
opportunity to share and explore their learning further by offering their opinions, discussing strategies and
reasoning, as well as developing their vocabulary – at the same time responding clearly and audibly to their
The ‘Talk Matters’ strategies are used across the curriculum, such as: ‘Think, Pair, Share, Square’ to develop
group talk, ‘Spalt’ – a fun game where children develop their vocabulary and word studies to deepen their
understanding and use of key words in maths and science to name a few.
Here is what some of our children said about Talk Matters:
Ask your children for more information about Talk Matters and take a look at our photographs. Remember
to encourage them to respond in full sentences as well as clearly and audibly to support them in practising
their oracy skills at home!
This year the school councillors have been working incredibly hard. They have been busy leading
assemblies, raising money and making sure children’s ideas are put forward to the teachers and staff in
school. The children did a fantastic job, leading assemblies for KS1 and KS2 about Children in Need and
Comic Relief. They also organised a very successful cake sale which helped raise lots of money. One of the
big projects for the school council members this year was to help with the creation of the outdoor
classroom. The School Councillors thought about what children could learn when using it, which helped
them to create the different areas. The outdoor classroom now looks fantastic and I know the children have
really enjoyed using it.
“Talk Matters is when we are doing good
listening and taking it in turns when we
speak to each other.”
“Talk Matters is about communicating
with each other – everybody contributing
“Talk Matters is when you actively listen
and you actually think about what they
are saying and how you can respond.”
“Thinking time helps me to be prepared
with an idea ready to say confidently.”