Presenting … my favourite thing!

6 - 8 years
Ideas to help your child practise their literacy skills - with you, and online
young girl presenting to parents

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life. Skills in the Year 1-2 curriculum include:

  • delivering short presentations.

It’s easy to help your child practise this skill as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.

Show and tell

Many primary schools use ‘show and tell’ to help students develop early public speaking skills.

If you think your child might enjoy doing show and tell at home, let them decide how much work they want to put in. A completely impromptu talk is great practice, but if your child wants to do more preparation, here's a structured approach they could follow:

  • choose a topic they are interested in, such as a favourite car, animal, or hobby
  • find or draw some pictures about the topic
  • write a sentence about each picture
  • find some curious or funny facts to make it more interesting
  • create a logical order
  • put it all together into a poster or slideshow.

If your child enjoys making the poster or slideshow but decides they don't want to present it, that’s fine! If they do want to present, let them decide whether to keep it low key, or make it a big event. Either way, the practice of putting it all together will be very useful when they have to give presentations at school.

Go online

For online reinforcement, Design a talking car!,  Design a talking cat and Design a talking dinosaur will all give your child practice at:

  • listening to different options and making choices
  • using common adjectives.

At the end, your child will have a cool creation they could present in a show and tell.



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Last modified
7 April 2020