Oracy: Exploratory talk (sentence stems)

Exploratory talk is when children are given the opportunity to develop, challenge and build upon their knowledge and understanding through sustained dialogue. They learn through talking.

Just like when designing a task, good quality talk can require scaffolding. By using sentence stems to support pupils’ responses, the quality of talk is elevated.

Below you will find some generic examples of this, as well as some subject specific examples. Displays in particular, can be a valuable tool to support exploratory talk.

Sentence Stems_examples

Click here for some standard sentence stems to use with pupils when engaging with dialogue in the classroom.


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