Year 3 and Year 6 celebrated the success of their recent Talk Aloud project with a wonderful exhibition staged at the school just before Christmas. This is a project that we have worked on throughout the term with our technology partners at Audioboo. The broad aim of our work was to use the Audioboo online recording tool to help improve our speech and language skills.
The exhibition was an opportunity to explain and share the Year 3 and Year 6 achievements as this project has developed. The centrepiece was a grand display with a timeline showing how we have used Audioboo at Michael Faraday to analyse and develop our spoken vocabulary.
The exhibition started by explaining how each pupil brainstormed a bullet point list all about their own interests. It then went on to show how we recorded our first boo with little preparation.
As our guests wandered around the exhibition they were then able to see how we used mind maps to help organise the content of our initial recordings. We showed examples of our work during literacy lessons that have helped to encourage a richer language vocabulary.
Having recorded our second boos, the timeline then concluded with a self-evaluation. We concluded that through combining technology with literacy, we have become incredibly confident speakers.
We welcomed many special guests into our school for the exhibition. As well as the invaluable support from parents and careers, it was wonderful to see the Mayor of Southwark at our school, along with Cllr Abdel Mohamed from the local Faraday ward, and Cllr Wilma Nelson of nearby Rotherhithe ward.
We also received tremendous support from Delores, Amanda and Susie, our partners at Audioboo. Delores very kindly recorded a series of her own boos during the event, which we are happy to share below.
Most guests agreed that the highlight of the exhibition was the listening tent that we created in the school studio. This was a special area where we played a selection of the boos to show how language has been improved at our school by placing technology within the literacy curriculum.
Parents were also able to use the listening stations set up to easily search and listen to all the individual boos that have been recorded as part of the Talk Aloud project.
A couple of our Year 6 pupils delivered a powerful speech to explain how this project has helped them personally.
We are incredibly grateful at Michael Faraday to all at Audioboo for giving us a flagship status for their technology. This is a global tech company with its roots firmly in Southwark. Our pupils find the tool so engaging to use that they asked if they could record some boos during the exhibition!
You can listen to a selection created by our young reporters below.
We were thrilled to read some of the feedback left by many of the visitors during the exhibition in the guestbook. A selection of our Year 6 pupils share some of these thoughts in the boo below.
Year 3 and Year 6 have enjoyed this project so much they were keen to share it with their other friends throughout the school. All year groups have been invited into the listening tent to listen to some of our recordings.
The next phase for our work with Audioboo will be to introduce the technology into other areas of the curriculum and across other age groups as well. We already have some plans in place to work with the Early Years children at the start of the new school term. There is also the possibility of working with Audioboo at the Science Museum on a project that is currently being set up.
The technology is also helping us to connect with other schools globally – we are going to explore the idea of a Trans-Atlantic audio book club with a school in the States in the New Year!
Many thanks to Audioboo for taking an interest in technology at our school. We would also like to thank Lorna, Scott, Leanne and Gabrielle – our Year 3 and Year 6 teachers for helping to make this project so successful. We are grateful as ever to the support shown from parents and carers.
And finally we would like to leave the last word to Karen, the Headteacher at Michael Faraday. It seems only appropriate that her thoughts are recorded via Audioboo.