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Bitterley C of E  Primary School

Bishop’s Castle Primary School

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Confident Communicator

What would we like our children to get better at? What does confidence look like?

  • Positively responding to questions and requests
  • Eye contact when both speaking and listening
  • Having a confident body posture
  • Speaking clearly and concisely
  • Answering in full sentences
  • Initiating further or new conversation through commenting or questioning

How can parents help support this at home? What opportunities can be created outside of school?

  • Direct engagement in conversation – this works better face to face e.g. at the dinner table rather than in the car or whilst on a device.
  • Review of the day:

What has your child achieved/experienced/learnt?

What is their current topic? What new words did they learn and what do they mean?

  • Opportunities to debate:

Pose contentious questions to spark reaction linked to current affairs e.g. climate change, politics, television, sport

  • Opportunities to explain procedures or ideas:

Verbally talk through maths problems, explain how a Lego set of instructions was completed or created, discuss a story idea.

  • Recital / performance:

Listen and question to them during reading, have them share their story maps from English work, recite a piece of poetry or a song

  • Feedback to an audience:

Encourage them to interact in meaningful conversation with others – older relatives, shop workers, answering the telephone, giving verbal messages

  • Play games which encourage verbal interaction with others:

Junior Articulate and Story Cubes are particularly good for this.

When we see children communicating positively, what do we do in school?

We celebrate with verbal praise and reward with a Confident Communicator sticker. Friday assembly will have a designated slot for certificates.