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The Good Shepherd

Catholic Primary School

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me”. John 10:14"


At The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, we strive to develop oracy skills through the curriculum, lunchtimes, extra-curricular activities, and the whole ethos of the school.


Oracy can be described as a combination of learning to talk and learning through talk. At The Good Shepherd, there is a shared understanding of how talk supports learning and children’s social development. We believe that developing oracy throughout primary education provides our students with vital life skills. We aim to encourage fluent speakers, who are confident to communicate, debate and present in a wide range of situations.

Here at the Good Shepherd, children have the extracurricular offering of LAMDA graded examinations in speaking and performance. These 1-1 private lessons seek to develop their acting and public speaking skills, whilst most importantly having fun. 

Through solo performance, these children have developed their communication, critical reflection, creativity and confidence.

In the LAMDA curriculum, children start by looking at verse, small poems to develop expression and enjoyment in speaking out loud in front of an audience. This has since progressed for our older pupils to monologues. Their memory skills have been so impressive, learning two three minute speeches for grade 1 , 2 and 3. 

Our pupils have achieved high success in exams, including distinctions across the board for introductory exams and both merits and distinctions in Entry Level and Grade 1-3 exams.

Founded in 1861, LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is the oldest drama school in the UK. LAMDA started to offer examinations in speech and drama to the public over 130 years ago. 

The process of preparing for and succeeding in a LAMDA examination essentially helps learners, whatever their ages or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Across the range, LAMDA examinations develop a learner’s ability to:

• read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
• improve confidence in speaking and listening
• memorise and recall information
• research and create persuasive formal presentations
• create and defend arguments
• engage in constructive informal conversation
• work both on his/her own and participate as a member of a team.

All LAMDA examinations are rooted in encouraging participants to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word. This syllabus provides a wide range of opportunities to do so.

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With Love at the core of all we do at The Good Shepherd we: Learn to Love together, Love to Learn together, pray together and play together. Putting our faith into action. Growing in the Love and Truth of Christ in His Church for the benefit of all.