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Story Sessions

Year 5 children enjoy reading various books, especially during Informal Entry, Pupils Reads and Story Sessions. When reading, all children are encouraged to put into practice the Year 5 oracy skills.


Particular skills developed regularly are: demonstrating a good command of Standard English while using ambitious vocabulary and varying sentence lengths; enunciating all words clearly and distinctly, from beginning to end; projecting the voice at varying volumes and emphasising particular words/phrases for effect. When discussing the story or receiving hotspot feedback from an adult, the children listen carefully to points raised, use connecting words and phrases when responding to questions and always respectfully challenge opinions or points.


Listening to an author read her own book has enthused our pupils to read for pleasure. Also, it has enabled them to put their oracy skills (particularly 'Listening and Responding) into action.


As you can hear from listening to the video clip, our pupils: listened out for how to refer to points; challenged respectfully; varied their sentence lengths appropriately; justified their opinions; emphasised particular words/phrases for effect; projected their voices at varying volumes; established natural eye contact; used posture to show confidence; used a variety of facial expressions and hand gestures and used a range of connecting phrases.

Performing 'The Tyger'

All Year 5 children have experienced reading and then performing 'The Tyger' by William Blake. In groups, they recited the poem off by heart, putting into practice the key Year 5 oracy skills.


The children had to: demonstrate a good command of Standard English; use intonation and pace; adapted their tone of voice and expression; projected their voices at varying volumes to suit the poem and used a very good variety of facial expressions and hand gestures to emphasise points.


After reading and discussing William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar', our pupils were challenged with the task of arguing whether Brutus was the noblest Roman of all! Using evidence from the play, the children used their oracy skills to deliver their verdicts.


This involved the children: establishing natural eye contact with the audience while capturing the attention of others; using good posture by standing tall with shoulders back and varying their facial expressions; using hand gestures to emphasise points. and embracing pauses for thinking time especially after questions rather than filling gaps with 'erm' or 'like'.


Reading and Performing 'A Christmas Carol'

After reading a significant section of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, Year 5 pupils used their interpretations of the text to perform parts of it in role. This required the children to: develop their pace and intonation appropriately; enunciate words from beginning to end; emphasise particular words/phrases for effect; project their voices at varying volumes; establish natural eye contact; use their posture to show confidence and use a variety of facial expressions and hand gestures. 


"Firstly, once I was chosen to play Scrooge, I was very excited, excited because it was my chance to impress my parents for Christmas! Once we finished doing this, my confidence and oracy skills had been given a boost. When my family saw the video on Twitter, they were indeed impressed with me. I will never forget this experience." Callum (Scrooge!)