Oracy intent and implement statement
At Fosse Primary, we believe spoken language to be fundamental to the achievement and well-being of our children. To ensure we are teaching Oracy skills across the curriculum and providing our children with a range of Oracy opportunities, we have joined the Voice 21 (a charity which aims to improve the teaching of Oracy in schools) programme. This project is to ensure teachers and leaders are equipped with the skills to develop Oracy for teaching and learning, to plan for talk across the curriculum and to elevate speaking beyond the classroom. The project will build a culture of Oracy within our school to support and develop our children’s confidence, spoken language, vocabulary and written outcomes across and beyond the curriculum.
Many of our pupils start early school life without the Oracy skills relevant for their age. At Fosse Primary, we strive to develop children’s spoken language and listening skills so it can be a part of our whole school community. We aim to give children their own voice as we believe this is vital for their future success. We strive for all children to be confident to express their own opinion and ideas in a respectful and supportive environment. We see Oracy as part of the schools pedagogy, not a standalone lesson or subject and we expect it to be threaded through the daily school life.
The national curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. Across the curriculum, subject-specific vocabulary is modelled and explored to support children’s understanding and development of vocabulary. Around the school and in classrooms, key vocabulary is visible on displays to ensure our children are accessing subject-specific vocabulary across subject. Visible and verbal sentence stems are used across the school to provide the children with structure and also confidence when it comes to speaking. Teachers provide Oracy opportunities across the curriculum, by using discussion, groupings, sentence stems, performance, presentations, role play and many other strategies. Outside of the classroom, we are encouraging children and families to have discussions at home which link to learning in school. We do this by setting Oracy homework once a half term which is then shared by children in the classroom.