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What is Stoke Speaks Out?

 Stoke Speaks Out is an initiative which was set up in 2004 to support children’s speech and language development in Stoke on Trent. It involves everyone who links with children in some way including parents, practitioners and the wider community.


Why was it set up?

In 2002 local research identified that many children were starting nursery with poor language skills- By 2004  this was as high as 64% of children. Stoke Speaks Out was set up to make sure everyone knows how to support children, what to expect and where to seek help if children are struggling. The belief of the programme is that ‘communication is everybody’s business’.


Why is this important?

Speech and language development are the building blocks for learning. Good communication is essential for socialising, learning and to developing your full potential. Language delay has been linked to poor educational attainment, anti-social behaviour and long term mental health difficulties. We know that the majority of brain growth takes place in the first 3 years of life so Stoke Speaks Out is focused on early life and early education to ensure all children are supported as well as they can be.

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Meet your Reading Council

Spooky Story Time

On Friday 25th October, the children came to school with an age appropriate book, magazine or even a short text written by them that fitted the theme of science fiction/thriller/horror.

The children were given an opportunity in their classrooms to share a selection of those stories around a 'campfire' in the true style of a chilling tale.

Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience of sharing a book for pleaseure with a friend or two, and even bought in a torch, teddy and a cushion to hide behind! 

"I enjoyed sharing my story with friends, it was fun!"

Year 5 Pupil

"I wrote my own story to bring in; it took me all week. It was very good!"

Year 4 Pupil

Wintery Read

Following the success of the ‘Spooky Story Time’ held in October, we decieded to have another reading event.

On Wednesday 18th December, we invited the children to come to school with an age appropriate book, poem, magazine or even a short text written by them fitting into the theme of winter or Christmas to help them get ready for the upcoming Christmas break and festivities. We created a snowy, winter scene in the classrooms, put on our hats, scarves and gloves and shared our stories.

The event was very successful – enjoyed by all!