At Shoreditch Park Primary, oracy plays a prominent role in teaching and learning. The ability to listen actively, speak clearly and communicate articulately is seen as a fundamental part of the learning process. Critically, oracy underpins the development of vocabulary acquisition, reading and writing, and is key to progress in all subjects.
At Shoreditch Park Primary 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 Shoreditch Park Primary 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.
The National Curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development. Oracy is embedded throughout our broad and balanced curriculum, and is explicitly taught in dedicated oracy lessons. Lessons are talk-rich, and questions are carefully planned to ensure all children can fully participate.
Pupils participate in a wide range of oracy activities which help them to develop confidence in spoken language.
Some examples are:
- Partner talk
- Group discussion
- Collaborative work and problem solving
- Role play
There are opportunities for pupils to develop their oracy skills outside of the curriculum. This is achieved through pupil voice groups, year group productions, assemblies, visiting speakers, topic events and participation in local events.
We have worked closely with Voice 21, a charity that strives to raise the status of oracy across schools in the UK.