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Choral Speaking 26th March 2015

Every year the children at St Hugh's enter the Oldham Choral Speaking Festival and the children develop many skills through doing so. This year we were the only school to be featured in the official festival document (please see the article below!)
Five classes spent weeks preparing their pieces (Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4) and here is a list of the poems that they performed:


'When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears' By Jenny Randall &

'Oliver Twist' from the book of poems for the very young By Michael Rosen

Year 1 

 'Rumble in the Jungle' By Giles Andreae

'I planted some seeds' By Olivia Mailey

Year 2 

 'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' By Bill Martin Junior & John Archambault

'Am stram gram' Anon

Year 3 

'Picking fruit' By Jack Ousbey

'The school kids rap' - By John Foster

Year 4 

 'Someone' By Walter De La Mare

'L'Automne' par Altan  


A special mention to Year 4 who received the highest accolade - a distinction, and as a result have been invited to the presentation event to pick up an award! 

A big well done to all of the classes who were involved! 

31st Oldham Primary Schools Choral Speaking Festival 2015 - St. Hugh’s

Rec choral speaking

Pictured above are the young pupils of St. Hugh’s Primary School Reception Class who last year performed “When Goldilocks went to the house of bears” by Jenny Randall and “Oliver Twist” from the book of poems for the very young by Michael Rosen”.  Their teacher Jennifer Vincent told us that they chose the poems because they were two contrasting pieces and the children were learning the story of the three bears in class.

Last Year the Year 3 children won the Lower Junior Trophy.  They performed “The rhythm of life” by Michael Rosen and “The Magic Box” by Kit Wright.  The adjudicator noted that: This group had very good focus on words and expressions. Their use of appropriate props was effective and added to the overall performance value”.

 St Hugh’s have been strong supporters of the Festival for many years bringing as many as 180 pupils of all ages to recent events. Their programme has included a wide range of pieces from raps to Shakespeare and innovative in their choice of pieces a couple of years ago they performed one all in French.

Lead Choral Speaking Teacher Rachel Beattie said, “The children always represent the school positively and make us really proud”.

Head Teacher Lynne Burnley said “The festival provides a wonderful opportunity for our children to learn poems and to perform to a larger audience on a stage and to listen and appreciate the contribution of others.”

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