Speaking

Speaking

First, we learn to speak.

At Garfield, we understand that the language gap is the disadvantage gap. Therefore speaking is one of our school development priorities always. If a child cannot say it, then they cannot write it. To that end, we ask children to answer in full sentences always. We model sentences for children and provide them with repeated opportunities to repeat those sentences back to us. We identify topic specific vocabulary and model its usage for the children. Our curricula in humanities and science have the acquisition of vocabulary at their core in a rigorous, highly coherent and carefully sequenced manner.
We use cold calling to ensure that every child speaks in full sentences, using the specific, powerful vocabulary related to that subject and topic, in multiple lessons throughout the school day. We do this because we understand that each sentence is a learning opportunity for every child at Garfield.
We require that all our children engage in public speaking at the end of each half term to display what they have learned. This develops their speaking skills, their confidence and their retention of powerful knowledge across the width and breadth of our curriculum at Garfield.

First, we learn to speak.