Talk Matters


Talbot is committed to developing talk across the curriculum. We are doing this because research shows a direct correlation between oracy skills and overall success. We have focused on two key skills:

  • Active listening
  • Skilled speaking

At Talbot, we know that some pupils are reluctant to contribute in class which disadvantages them. At the other end of the spectrum, some pupils dominate conversations, but they are not good listeners. Moreover, we believe that all children can benefit from improving the precision of their comments and building on each other’s ideas meaningfully as it deepens the quality of their talk.

By using the key skills of active listening, skilled speaking and asking for clarification, all children will feel more confident about their learning. Most importantly, they will be able 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 as responding clearly and audibly to their avid audience!

We use Talk Matters strategies such as 'Think, Pair, Share, Square', randomizes, 'Splat!' and word studies. Ask your children for more information about these and take a look at some of the photographs attached.

At home, remember to encourage your children to respond in full sentence, as well as speaking audibly and clearly to help them practise their Talk Matters skills!

By Mrs Rehman