This year’s Spoken English Competition once again showcased some very talented and confident pupils. Eleven children from years 5 and 6 made it to the final and they gave their talks to parents and their peers. They were competing for the A. V. Foster Cup which has been presented to the winner of this competition for as long as anyone can remember – at least 30 years!
The idea of the Spoken English competition is to give every pupil the opportunity and challenge of preparing a five minute talk about a subject of their choosing. They need to research their topic, write notes, prepare slides if needed, write cue cards and practice speaking with clarity and diction. Pupils and their teachers vote on their favourites which progress to the finals. The competition this year was judged by a panel of three year 6 children and five members of staff, all of whom had to pick their top 3. The results were aggregated and this produced the top 3 (4 this year as there were joint third places).
As usual it was a very difficult competition to judge and all eleven finalists deserve huge credit for their preparation and delivery. Hannah and Charlie shared third place, second was Niamh with her talk on greyhounds but this year’s winner was Callum with his fascinating and polished talk about the ill fated maiden journey of the Titanic. Well done!