11:00AM - 1:00PM
3rd February - 6th April
Public Speaking Penguins is an mixed experience course for students in Years 5 & 6 who are new to public speaking and want to learn the ropes in a fun environment.Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Provide students with an opportunity to develop their speaking skills in a variety of settings.
Expose students to different elements of public speaking that focus on specific essential concepts.
Give students plenty of opportunities to practice their presentation skills and receive feedback in a fun environment.
Bookings for Term #1 2024 are now open!
Every term, we ensure that our Public Speaking Penguins program helps students understand the fundamentals of speechcraft and how they can best connect with audiences.
That said, the specific focus of the program changes every term:
Term #1 runs from early February to mid-April each year.
One of the hardest parts of writing a speech is knowing where to start. What should I speak about? Which part ought I write first? How can I express my ideas, so my audience will understand where I’m coming from?
Over the course of Term #1, Penguins students will be focusing on the methods involved in preparing a speech, with a particular focus on structuring their speeches. Utilising activity-based, experiential learning, students will spend most of their time in this program developing a range of presentations, and sharing them with the class. This helps them learn how to piece together their thoughts into a coherent and engaging presentation, whilst also finding some time to develop their speaking manner as well!
Over the course of the term, students will have the opportunity to:
Our Public Speaking Penguins course is a mixed-level program for students in Years 5 & 6, and is targeted towards:
We usually recommend that students do all four terms of either our Speaking Skills Owlets and/or Public Speaking Penguins programs (which mirror one another) to ensure that they cover all the basics of public speaking!
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child, or check out our video below to see how our term program progressions work!
Revision of Fundamental Concepts
The program starts with a succinct (but important) revision of essential concepts, including audience engagement and speech structure. This helps set students up for the rest of the program and ensures that everyone starts on a similar level.
Speech Structure and Method
After going over the fundamentals, several sessions are dedicated to learning how to create persuasive and well-organized speeches. Structuring elements such as introductions, conclusions, and especially body paragraphs are a key focus coupled with techniques on how to engage an audience and choose the right topic. Each concept is paired with engaging activities. In these interactive sessions, students will get hands-on experience in crafting structured and compelling speeches, which they can then apply directly to their own presentations.
Practice Speeches and Interactive Activities
As the term progresses students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of practice speeches and carefully chosen activities aimed at bolstering their presentation skills. These activities span a wide range of skills, encompassing body language, verbal expression, and more. These abilities are fortified through consistent practice speeches and constructive critiques, guaranteeing that every student is given the chance to flourish and enhance their skills!
The term ends with a parent presentation – an opportunity for students to present to an adult audience. Parent presentations are not only a great way to help students develop their confidence, but also represent an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned. Students generally spend the last couple of sessions preparing and practising their speeches for the presentation.
My daughter absolutely loved every lesson. The program is very engaging and well structured. Ms Vivian made the class very enjoyable and was extremely tentative and gave extra time to help my daughter when class was over. Highly recommend and will re-enrol for next term.
My daughter enjoyed the course very much and wished it would go on for another week! She is now very motivated to work on her speech for the school’s upcoming public speaking competition using what she learned! Well done to all coaches!
After our Term #4 programs...
of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed enjoyed themselves
of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed noticed an improvement in their overall speaking skills
of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed felt more confident as a speaker
of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed wanted to come back again next time