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Speaking Publically

Key Stage 2 children at Ridgefield have been taking part in a Public Speaking Competition organised between local schools this term, with the final taking place last week.


Children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were free to enter in their own classes and had to give a 2 minute talk about a topic of their choice. The children from the class then voted for the best public speaker, who went through the grand finale.


First, however, all the year group winners attended a special training session at Queen Emma Primary School, at which a member of staff from Peterhouse, one of the colleges of Cambridge University, came to teach the children a little about how to be a confident public speaker. The children were also given the topics they would have to talk about at the grand finale.


Year 3 and 4 were given the topic ‘Children should decide what they should learn at school’. Meanwhile Year 5 and 6 children were asked to discuss ‘Deep sea exploration or deep space exploration?’.


Ridgefield’s finalists were Eabhi, Alfie, Maryam and Rizwana. They travelled to Peterhouse on 19th March where they delivered their speeches to the judges in Peterhouse’s amazing auditorium, in front of the other finalists and their supporters. It was a nerve wracking experience!


The overall winners were Morley Primary School, but whilst we didn’t win the trophy, the children all delivered first rate, practiced speeches which did Ridgefield proud.

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