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Public Speaking Competition

Every year we hold a public speaking competition across the school. The aim of the competition is to help the children to address an audience with confidence and to hold their attention.  Every child will be asked to prepare and deliver a timed talk on a subject of their choosing. 

In Year 3 we have already provided some teaching input, focused on the criteria to be used in the judging and how to deliver a speech. 

We are sending your child home with a planning sheet to complete as homework over half term. Please could you help your son/daughter to come up with an idea for a suitable topic for their speech. They may also need some support in structuring the speech. It would be great if you could be an audience when they practise delivering it too!

Your son/daughter will need to be ready to present their speech week commencing 19th June 2017. The speech needs to be between 1 – 2 minutes in length.

The criteria for judging the Year 3 competition is as follows:

  • Clarity of voice
  • Use of visual aids (not having any visual aid will affect the overall score)
  • Not relying on a script (can use prompts - e.g. cue cards)
  • Interesting speech that holds the audience's attention


Beneath is a copy of the planning frame, in case the original copy doesn't quite make its way home over half term!

Some websites that you may want to dip into for some useful tips:

1) Public speaking in Primary school

2) Topic ideas and tips (some topics clearly for older children!)

3) Examples of previous speeches from Hiltingbury children (audio files)

4) Examples of previous speeches from Hiltingbury children (Video)