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What is Oracy? 

Oracy in schools refers to the development and cultivation of effective spoken communication skills amongst pupils. It encompasses the ability to articulate thoughts, ideas, and opinions with clarity, confidence, and coherence. Oracy is not only about spoken language proficiency but also about fostering active listening, critical thinking, and meaningful dialogue within the classroom. Recognising the significance of oral communication in academic and social contexts, we are embracing oracy as an essential component of the curriculum. This approach aims to empower students to express themselves articulately, engage in constructive discussions, and enhance their overall communication competence. Through various activities, such as debates, presentations, and group discussions, educators seek to nurture students' oral skills, enabling them to navigate the complexities of communication in both academic and real-world settings.

How will Leafield promote Oracy Skills?

Vocabulary Development: Emphasis on expanding pupils' vocabulary to enhance their ability to express ideas clearly and precisely.

Listening Skills: Activities designed to improve active listening, comprehension, and the ability to respond thoughtfully to others.

Discussion and Dialogue: Opportunities for pupils to engage in meaningful discussions, both one-on-one and in groups, fostering critical thinking, and the ability to articulate thoughts coherently.

Role-Play and Drama: Incorporation of role-playing activities and drama exercises to enhance communication skills and build confidence in expressing oneself in different contexts.

Debating: Formal debating exercises that encourage pupils to research, formulate arguments, and present their ideas persuasively.

Feedback and Reflection: Provision for constructive feedback on pupils' spoken communication, along with opportunities for self-reflection to encourage continuous improvement.

Integration Across Subjects: Combination of oracy skills within various subjects, ensuring that pupils can effectively communicate in diverse, academic contexts.

Speaking and Presentation Skills: Structured lessons to teach effective speaking techniques, including tone, pitch, pace, and body language. Pupils may be encouraged to deliver assemblies, presentations, participate in debates, and engage in public speaking.