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Planned opportunities for oracy are crafted into our Maths lessons, including chances to explain reasoning, disprove/prove conjectures and convince. 

Oracy in action: Roman numerals

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Oracy skills in action: Finding missing angles

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Pupil Voice:


"I love being able to explain my working out to my classmates. For example, last week in Maths, we were looking at fractions and improper fractions. I knew that 2,433 over 1,000 was an improper fraction; therefore, I had to see how many thousands were in 2,433 and from that I worked out to write my answer as a mixed number. Lots of children missed this opportunity and gave their answer as an improper fraction. Being able to explain my working out to my classmates shows my true understanding." - Isaac 

Reasoning challenges give children the opportunity to justify their understanding in mathematics. After working out an appropriate answer to a challenge, children are given the opportunity to share their findings with the class. This allows a chance for the children to respond verbally to questions and develop techniques such as establishing a natural eye contact and being able to give a concise summary of their working out. 


Check out all of the skills Year 5 pupils are encouraged to develop below.