The impact of our 'SFDS Oracy Key Skills Progression Ladder' being put into practice across all year groups can be seen when our pupils take part in performances. Take a look at an example for each year group below.
Year 3 Oracy Skills Observed:
Use of ambitious vocabulary; speak clearly; use different tones of voice for expression; consider 'phrasing' to pause suitably; pay attention to volume; make eye contact with the listener; stand up straight; think about whether hand gestures could strengthen a point; avoid gap fillers; plan ideas mentally; don't interrupt a speaker and take turns in groups.
Year 4 Oracy Skills Observed:
Use ambitious vocabulary and devices; consider how tones of voice aid intonation; speak at an appropriate volume and pace; look at the listener, glancing elsewhere when it feels natural; stand up straight and keep this posture; experiment with facial expressions; use some appropriate hand gestures; avoid gap fillers; plan ideas mentally and make comments at a suitable time.
Year 5 Oracy Skills Observed:
Use ambitious vocabulary and sentence structures; develop intonation and pace appropriately; enunciate words from beginning to end; emphasise particular words/phrases for effect; project the voice at varying volumes; establish natural eye contact with everyone involved; use posture to show confidence; use a good variety of facial expressions; use a good variety of hand gestures; avoid gap fillers and listen out for how you could refer to points.
Year 6 Oracy Skills Observed:
Adapt the use of sentence structures for effect; experiment with intonation and pace for effect; enunciate words from beginning to end distinctly; project the voice at varying volumes, remaining aware of whether everyone can hear; maintain natural eye contact, commanding attention from all; utilise posture to convey confidence; make varied facial expressions look natural; make varied hand gestures look natural; avoid gap fillers and critically listen to peers.