At Shield Road, we thrive to empower all children to use their voice for success in school and in life. We aim to improve the verbal communication skills of all pupils and inspire them to be confident and expressive public speakers.
Oracy is at the heart of our curriculum as we recognise the importance of spoken language in the development of the whole child. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. The skills of speaking and listening are explicitly taught, and children are given a wide range of opportunities to practise these skills and develop confidence and competence.
We follow the voice 21 framework to ensure our children are taught explicit oracy skills:
The children are given many opportunities to apply these skills throughout their school day by talking about their learning, developing ideas and understanding through discussions, asking questions, being able to listen carefully to others’ views and giving them time to respond, sometimes challenging others’ viewpoints, negotiating with others in group work and considering a range of viewpoints.
- We use discussion roles and a variety of talking protocols to aid discussion in lessons.
- Relevant vocabulary is explicitly taught throughout the curriculum, understanding a wide range of words and how to use them in context helps our children to articulate and explain what they think, giving them a voice. It also allows them to unlock meaning, allowing them to understand new information and ideas.
- Talk for Writing is often used throughout the school in order to embed key vocabulary and sentence structure.
- Spoken language is also developed through drama activities as children improvise, refine and rehearse scripts and learn to present these to an audience – for example – in their class assemblies or school productions. Rehearsing ideas through role play and spoken language enables children to explore different genres, identify with characters and develop vocabulary: teachers often use this approach as preparation to improve the quality of written work.
- We provide the children with weekly oracy assemblies to share and develop their oracy skills.
- We use our oracy skills with a variety of people to ensure we change our performance skills to match the audience.
Impact in Oracy
Our children will
- be able to express themselves clearly, communicate with others effectively through spoken language and have the ability to structure their thoughts so that they make sense to others.
- understand and be able to use a wide range of vocabulary that can be used it in different contexts.
- think carefully about the language they’re using, and tailor it to their subject, purpose and audience.
- be able to listen to others and respond appropriately, be able to articulate their point of view, build on others’ ideas and change their minds when appropriate.
- understand that we can all have different opinions and show empathy towards others.
- learn lines and perform in class assemblies and Key Stage plays.
- read expressively in whole class guided reading sessions, and know how to use their voice to express emotion.
- be able to recite poetry, songs and nursery rhymes by heart and with expression.