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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Literacy Splash Week

This week we are celebrating pupils speaking and listening in our termly Literacy Splash Week. We are working on talking to think and to write … as well as having fun.

This week we are celebrating pupils speaking and listening in our termly Literacy Splash Week. We are working on talking to think and to write … as well as having fun.  A range of activities are running - from pupils making group presentations to their class and individual speeches on what they would place in Room 101; to hot seating where one pupil in role as a character from a novel is interviewed by the rest of the class. Of course the annual Year 9 Debating Competition has just begun, with the finals taking place  in the hall and the entire year group watching the event. At the same time a cross section of pupils from Years 8, 9 and 10 took part in The Eton School Debating competition this week, proving themselves to be fantastic ambassadors for our school.

Many of us are starting lessons with some positive affirmation by asking pupils to turn to a partner and tell them something that they like or admire about them. You may also remember the whispering game. This has proved to be illuminating when we start off with a sentence which is subject related and ends up as something completely different. Another old favourite is Just a Minute: try speaking on a subject for sixty seconds with no hesitations or fillers and see how difficult that is!

 Something else you might like to try is following this link which leads to an adventure story with two child detectives, Charlotte and Danny reporting on The World Cup. Each chapter takes about ten minutes to read and ends up in a cliffhanger; a new chapter is released each weekday throughout the competition. Although the story started last Tuesday, they are still available so that you can catch up. You could read the story with your children at home.

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