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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.


Brutus's Thought Tunnel

During this task, our pupils had to: articulate justifications for why Caesar deserved to die; use ambitious vocabulary and varying sentence lengths/structures; develop use of intonation and pace; emphasise particular words for effect; project their voices at varying volumes and embrace pauses for thinking time.

Was Brutus Noble?

During this challenge, our pupils had to: listen carefully to points raised, considering how to refer to them; respectfully challenge opinions, offering an alternative; use a range of connecting and contrasting words and phrases to make/link to points; establish natural eye contact with the listeners; use posture to convey confidence and enunciate words clearly and distinctly, from beginning to end.

Other Oracy Opportunities