Oracy has been placed at the heart of Latton Green's curriculum and is now a strength and priority within the school. The increased inclusion of listening, speaking, presenting and debating skills has encouraged our children to build skills which are transferable across each subject.
An hour Oracy session has been built into the weekly timetable to include a lesson that explores the physical, cognitive, linguistic and emotional aspects of speaking. It has also given pupils a chance to explore different activities and games that have dramatically increased their enthusiasm for presenting. As well as these specific Oracy lessons, these skills have been purposefully incorporated into our wider curriculum where appropriate, for example in English lessons talk for writing is a huge focus, in Topic lessons activities are organised to promote exploring themes through debating and presenting findings. Pupils have even been debating the ethics of bullfighting as a sport in their Spanish lessons.
A debating club has also been set up to allow pupils to understand the setup of a formal and informal debate and share opinions. This has empowered them to disagree with others in an appropriate manner and justify their own point of view.
Pupils were also exposed to No Pens Wednesday where the whole school spent the day enjoying activities that focused on their Oracy skills, rather than their writing skills.
As part of the LGLP, a group of pupils make up the Oracy Champions who work collaboratively to further improve the Oracy provision we provide. Examples of their impact include creating Oracy games for other pupils to trial and evaluate, delivering an Oracy assembly to the school to highlight the benefits and challenges this aspect of the curriculum presents and recording the voicemail message for the school office. As well as an Oracy assembly, pupils were also exposed to No Pens Wednesday where the whole school spent the day enjoying activities that focused on their Oracy skills, rather than their writing skills.
Finally, a highlight is our the Half Term Oracy Challenges. Some examples of our Oracy challenges have included a 1-2 minute presentation on their favourite hobbies/interests, a monologue, reciting a poem, tongue twisters and more. Seven winners from across Recpetion-Y6 are chosen to perform to the whole school, including their parents, in a special assembly. When attempting this challenge, pupils across the school are seen sharing their passion for a topic close to their heart and many had the opportunity to put into practise their increased confidence when presenting in front of an audience.
Overall, Oracy's increased prioritisation at Latton Green has resulted in noted improvements in confidence, evaluation skills and an enthusiasm to share opinions and ideas.