4:30PM - 5:30PM
7th February - 10th April
A one-hour weekly program designed to help students explore and enjoy the world of public speaking and creative writing.Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Give students plenty of opportunities to practice and receive feedback in a supportive environment.
Provide some new theoretical public speaking content each and every session.
Help students gain a much greater appreciation of how fun public speaking can be!
Bookings for Term #1 2024 are now open!
The content changes from week to week and term to term, so there’s always plenty to keep students interested and developing their skills!
Our focuses for each term are:
Term #1 runs from early February to mid-April each year.
For young minds who have just begun exploring the world of reading and writing, structuring a speech can seem very hard, “Where do I start!” often being the biggest question on their minds. Coming up with ideas versus structuring them in a logical order are two very separate concepts that need to be learned early on.
Each session of the Cubs program is designed to combine a speaking activity, a new piece of theory and a practical task to solidify that week’s concept. Public speaking can only be improved by taking on opportunities to present – with this in mind, the focus for the Cubs program is to develop students’ speaking skills by spending nearly the entire session preparing and presenting speeches, placing a particular emphasis on speech structure in Term #1.
That said, if students would like a little more challenge, the two-hour weekly Presentation Skills Leopards (Year 1) and Presentation Skills Lions (Year 2) programs will go through similar content at a more advanced level!
Our Speaking Skills Cubs course is a mixed-level program for students in Years 1 & 2, and is designed for:
Each term of the Cubs program has its own focus – whether that be manner essentials or reporting essentials – meaning that students don’t repeat content even if they remain in the Cubs program for the entire year.
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 Essentials
After going through the basics, the next couple of sessions look at how to create engaging and structured speeches by focusing on essential components such as introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions! Students are guided through an array of activities to help them comprehend the importance of speech structure and practice utilising it in their own work.
Manner Essentials and Practice Speeches
The remainder of the program takes them through a range of concepts and activities that will help enhance their presentation skills. These skills vary from body language to verbal manner and more and are reinforced through regular practice speeches and feedback!
The term ends with a coach update – an opportunity for parents to meet with coaches and learn about their child’s progress as well as having any and all of their questions answered.
We have specifically designed two programs for our tiny tots:
Given the age group involved, these programs are only run in person – we don’t run any Kindy programs online.
Our Cubs, Leopards and Tabby Cats programs are designed for Year 1 students and require them to be able to write at least simple sentences, as well as read their own handwriting and instructions on the board, which most Kindergarten students are unfortunately not able to do. This may well lead to those students feeling inferior to the rest of the class, creating new fears around public speaking – the exact opposite of what we hope to achieve.
My 7 year old daughter absolutely loves speaking skills online. She gets excited for her weekly classes!! She is much more confident in delivering her speech at school and has been chosen for an award. Thank you so much SSA !!
Speaking School gives more opportunities for my daughter to practise speeches and have fun while learning!
After our Term #4 programs...
of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed enjoyed attending the program
of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed felt more confident
of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed saw their speaking manner develop
of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed noticed their overall speaking skills improve