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Speech Bubbles

Improving speaking and listening skills across the curriculum

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Boost Speaking and Learning across the Curriculum!

To succeed in life, children and young people must be able to understand people and express themselves clearly. We all use speaking and listening in our daily lives to share ideas, solve problems, make decisions, socialise and interact in a wide variety of situations.

Speech Bubbles is a ‘pick up and teach’ scheme of work to improve children’s speaking and listening skills. KS1 Speech Bubbles is packed full of colourful pages of lesson plans, with learning objectives linked to the 2014 National Curriculum, complete with all resources. Ideal for interventions or as a whole-class resource to improve pupils’ oracy skills, but without adding to teachers’ workload of drilling down to find LOs and hunting for quality resources.

Speech bubbles speaking listening skills Primary

Much of chidren’s self-confidence and attitudes to learning are founded in their ability to use talk effectively. Speaking and listening are key within the teaching and learning process; discussion and collaboration in the classroom helps to develop creativity, imagination, thinking and problem solving skills. We believe that lessons focusing on improving speaking and listening skills – through activities set in cross-curricular contexts and topics – will not only boost literacy and learning in general, but will increase chidlren’s self-esteem as better communicators.

“The Speech Bubbles speaking and listening lessons are so fantastic and creative, I want to go back into the classroom and teach them!”
Retired Headteacher, Blackburn

Explicit Teaching of Speaking and Listening Skills

The Speech Bubbles scheme of work highlights how talk and oracy can be employed across the curriculum to develop children’s ability to analyse, evaluate, think creatively and collaborate with others. These skills will develop their overall learning and understanding of the world around them. Creative lesson plans and activities explicity teach how to be a good speaker and listener – ideal for small group activities, developing team work or for use as a whole-class resource.

Speaking lesson KS1 All resources are included to save teachers time. As usual, the Dimensions way is if a resource doesn’t already exist, we create it! Resouces are tailor-made to help to meet statutory learning objectives in the 2014 National Curriculum.

Speech and Language Intervention

Clearly planned-out lessons, with quality resources to hand, are an efficient way for support and/or pastoral staff to work with small groups of children to achieve rapid results in oracy skills for lower ability pupils or for those identified with additonal needs in speech and language.

Whole-Class Approach to Speaking and Listening

Robust enough for teachers to deliver to a whole class, Speech Bubbles lessons can improve interpersonal and communication skills across an entire phase. Progression is assured for all levels of students, with differentiation woven through activities and lessons.

Example Differentiation in KS1

KS1 differentiation speaking resourceEach of the twelve units in KS1 have three levels of differentiation:

“A lesson observation from the KS1 Seaside Unit was judged as outstanding. The descriptive language that children used was truly fantastic, using theme-related vocabulary as well as powerful adjectives, conjunctions and composing quite complex sentences. They were all able to describe their adventure through from the opening, to the problem and the resolution stage of the story.

The whole class were engaged, keen and focused and produced amazing story ideas which they then went on to use in their extended writing session. The children and I thoroughly enjoyed the session and I felt that it had a really positive impact on their language acquisition and engagement in learning.”
Year 1 Teacher, Lancaster

Sample

To view a sample lesson click here!

Price

KS1 Speech Bubbles

£65 (ex. VAT and P&P)

Key Stage 1 Speech Bubbles comes in a Ringbinder with CD-ROM so teachers have both a digital and a hard copy. All twelve cross-curricular units have lesson plans with clear learning objectives. All resources are included.

Lower KS2 Speech Bubbles 

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“The Ofsted inspection reflected a huge improvement in our past performance. They were impressed with all aspects of the school and could see the curriculum work we are doing through Dimensions has made a big difference. They were particularly impressed with the marking programmes and the fact that the children were able to explain how they worked and implement next steps themselves. There is no doubt that Dimensions has had a hugely positive impact on raising standards.”

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Feedback about our training - September 2015

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3D PSHE

"3D PSHE provides thorough, concrete, lesson plans, with resources all ready to go. You can pick it up and teach it with very little preparation and KNOW that it will be a great lesson, which covers the skills and objectives necessary.There is clear progression and you know that the entire PSHE curriculum is being covered across the school and the children are building on their learning from year to year. Each lesson is truly dynamic!"

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Bubbles Quote

"Bubbles resources are incredibly simple and easy to follow. The warm-up activities are great – my children are singing ‘Radio Rock’ continually at the moment!!! I like the fact it links with other resources we have in school and that it reinforces teaching in other curricular areas. I've found it to be an invaluable, creative way to teach and wouldn't hesitate in recommending the resources to other teachers."

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Comment from Ofsted March 2016, Waterloo Primary School, Ashton-Under-Lyne

"The school's curriculum ensures a strong focus on developing the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils' knowledge and skills in other subjects, such as science, geography, history and art are developed through a range of cross-curricular topics and themes, which are planned to capture and motivate their interest and develop a love of learning. Pupils' positive views about their work reflect that this is successful."

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Ofsted's comments on the Dimensions Curriculum! March 2016

“The school’s curriculum ensures a strong focus on developing the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils’ knowledge and skills in other subjects, such as science, geography, history and art are developed through a range of cross-curricular topics and themes, which are planned to capture and motivate their interest and develop a love of...

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