Being a Speaker at Filton Avenue

Empowering all learners to succeed through communication

We want all of our learners to be effective communicators, who are able to find their voice and be confident to use it. We strive to develop spoken language skills through the taught curriculum, playtimes and lunchtimes, extra-curricular activities and the whole ethos of the school. The ability to listen actively, speak clearly and communicate articulately is seen as a fundamental part of the learning process. Critically, Oracy underpins the development of reading, writing, and maths and is key to progress in all subjects. We have a shared understanding of how talk supports learning and children’s social and emotional development and believe that developing Oracy throughout primary education provides our students with vital life skills. We aim to encourage fluent speakers, who are confident to communicate, debate and present in a wide range of situations to a wide range of different audiences.

We are proud that Oracy teaching and learning is planned for all subjects and children are given an opportunity to practise these skills regularly throughout the school day. Teachers plan to develop these skills in a wide variety of ways to develop and encourage fluent speakers. These include:

drama,   circle time,  talking partners and trios,   listening to and telling stories,   visiting speakers,  asking questions, giving and receiving instructions,   paired/collaborative work, problem solving in maths, presentation of learning,  plan, do review sessions (EYFS),   working walls to develop vocabulary, discussion , collaborative work and problem solving , debate, presentations and speeches.

The children also have opportunities outside of the classroom to develop their Oracy skills including:

weekly discussion assemblies, school council and other pupil voice activities,  enquiry events,  phase and year group productions, participation in local events, poetry competitions and daily talking lunchtime activities.

Please have a look at some of the tools and resources we use to create talk-rich classrooms and fantastic speakers and listeners.

Further information about Oracy

We are proud to be a partner school with Voice 21, a charity dedicated to raising the profile of speaking and listening in schools.

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