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Snettisham Primary School

WNAT pupils speak out

What do Sir David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, Amelia Earhart, Sir Isaac Newton, Rosa Parks and Napoleon Bonaparte have in common?

The answer is that they all provided inspiration for young orators taking part in a West Norfolk public speaking event, which included a team from our school.

The West Norfolk Academies Trust Literary Event took place at the Corn Exchange and was open to children at each of the Trust’s six member primary schools.

Each school was represented by a team of three Year 5 pupils who worked together to give a presentation on their chosen inspirational person.

The Clenchwarton trio spoke on American Black rights activist Rosa Parks, while Gaywood gave their speech on environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg, Heacham Junior spoke on veteran presenter and naturalist Sir David, Snettisham chose pioneering airwoman Amelia Earhart, West Lynn’s choice was the Emperor Napoleon, and Walpole Cross Keys opted for ‘father of gravity’ scientist Sir Isaac Newton.

“Children presented a speech on a significant person of their choosing,” said Nicki Maddison, who is Executive Deputy Head at Clenchwarton, West Lynn and Walpole Cross Keys.

 “Each child had a particular part to play in the public speaking event. Children researched their chosen person and wrote their speech themselves. Each group of children presented their speech.”

The annual event, which was led by WNAT Director of Engagement Hayley Roberts, was attended by Trustees, Governors and WNAT staff members, along with the Mayor.

“Public speaking benefits children, as it develops essential skills like communication, confidence and leadership,” continued Mrs Maddison. “This event gives children the opportunity to express their ideas and highlight the importance of the significant people that they have chosen.

“They also learn how to engage with others, and they will be able to transfer the skills of public speaking and take them with them going forward.”

Neil Mindham, Executive Head of Gaywood, added: “Events like these are important as it builds confidence, resilience, knowledge, social skills, and offers opportunities to take part and represent the school.”