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Pupils engage in a range of speaking and listening activities throughout the writing process to practise, rehearse and edit their writing. Our curriculum allows pupils to engage in different types of activities to hone on their performance oracy and their critical oracy skills.


We believe performance oracy to be an excellent tool for building confidence, developing memory and building empathy. These skills are developed through activities such as: performing poetry for an audience; reading aloud work to the rest of the class for peer assessment and remembering lines from a playscript for a performance.


On the other hand, critical oracy is talk that engages others, different ideas and the outside world.  We develop these skills through discussion, debate, enquiry and role play.  This is also a way for teachers to assess how children have engaged with and understood the text that they are learning since during these activities, the speaking, listening and thinking are done simultaneously.


Orally Rehearsing Ideas for a Persuasive Speech: Thought Tunnel

- Articulating justifications for why Caesar deserved to die!
- Using ambitious vocabulary and varying sentence lengths/structures
- Developing use of intonation and pace
- Emphasising particular words for effect
- Projecting the voice at varying volumes
- Embracing pauses for thinking time

Exploring Characters from Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' through Mini Debates

- Listening carefully to points raised, considering how to refer to them
- Respectfully challenging opinions, offering an alternative
- Using a range of connecting and contrasting words and phrases to make/link to points
- Establishing natural eye contact with the listener
- Using posture to convey confidence
- Enunciating words clearly and distinctly, from beginning to end

Listening and considering how to refer to points
Articulating justifications: narrative analysis
Respectfully challenging opinions and points
Establishing natural eye contact
Developing intonation and pace
Conveying emotion: emphasising words/phrases
Question responses using connecting phrases
Using varying facial expressions and hand gestures
Using ambitious vocabulary and sentence structures