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Transition talk - an environment-themed oracy project

Added 23 May 2018 | Updated 20 Nov 20


We have teamed up with Voice 21 to create a project to prepare pupils for their transition to secondary school and the next chapter of their educational journey. Pupils heading to Year 7 need growing confidence, strong language skills and the ability to express themselves, to develop their thinking skills and to communicate effectively.

This resource uses the moving and relevant environmental message of This Morning I Met a Whale by Michael Morpurgo to put oracy at the heart of transition: prompting high-quality discussion, developing skills such as questioning, clarifying and summarising,  and building confidence in verbal presentation.

Through the resource we support you to:

  • provide an explicit focus on oracy, with direct teaching of talk skills through tasks
  • offer pupils an opportunity to reflect on the power of oracy for learning
  • help pupils to evaluate their own levels of skill and confidence in preparation for this significant next step in their educational journey
  • provide opportunity for pupils to demonstrate and celebrate the skills they have gained.

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