Oracy Intent

At Macaulay, we believe that spoken language is important to the achievement off all of our pupils. To ensure that we are teaching Oracy skills across the curriculum we have partnered with Voice 21, a charity which aims to improve the teaching of Oracy in schools. We aim to provide our children with a range of oracy opportunities throughout the curriculum and beyond the classroom. This will build a culture of oracy throughout our school to help develop children’s confidence, spoken language and written outcomes.

We seek to develop spoken language skills through the taught curriculum, playtimes and lunchtimes, extra-curricular activities and the whole ethos of the school. Children are encouraged to explore ideas through talk, to challenge the ideas of others and develop their own arguments, as well as talking clearly and confidently in full sentences.

Respectful relationships between all who are part of the school community are important aspects of this ethos. As staff, we demonstrate good communication amongst ourselves and with pupils, their parents and carers, as well as with the wider community. We think it is important to support the development of good speaking and listening skills amongst our pupils.

Our oracy curriculum will enable children to;

  • speak confidently and fluently;
  • adapt their use of language for a range of different purposes and audiences;
  • be open-minded and value the contribution of others;
  • recognise the importance of listening;
  • share their learning in engaging, informative ways. For example: presentations to peers.

Children should have a range of oracy experiences through school, which include:

  • talking partners;
  • reading lessons;
  • drama;
  • listening to stories;
  • giving and receiving instructions;
  • presentations;
  • collaborative work.

Further opportunities which children will be able to showcase oracy skills outside of the curriculum may include:

  • class/ year group/ whole school assemblies;
  • topic showcase events;
  • year group productions;
  • Pupil leadership activities.