Oracy at Bentinck Primary & Nursery school
At Bentinck we cater for children from a diverse, multicultural range of backgrounds, with many different home languages spoken. We therefore recognise that learning to speak English correctly is not only essential for accessing and engaging with all subjects but also crucial for the life chances of our pupils and as such it is at the heart of our curriculum.
At Bentinck we believe that children should both learn to talk and learn through talk. From Nursery to Year 6 we aim to provide meaningful opportunities for all children to engage in spoken activities. In all lessons, children are encouraged to share their ideas verbally, practise using new vocabulary, articulate opinions and present their work through a variety of spoken tasks. Teachers provide the model of excellent spoken language across the curriculum alongside child-led talk for learning which is promoted in every subject.
Across the school we aim to provide a range of talking activities for children which enable pupils to build upon year on year. Talking presentations such as interviews, ‘TV shows’, presentations to different year groups, debates… are valued as highly as written tasks and evaluated and marked as such.
Through high expectations of talk across the school we believe that children will leave Bentinck confident and able orators ready for their next stage of education.
Having undertaken in-depth CPD, the English leads adopted the Voice 21 framework for Oracy, which breaks down the teaching of speaking, and listening into 4 strands: Physical, Cognitive, Linguistic and Social and Emotional
The core strategies and methods to deliver Oracy throughout the school and across the curriculum were disseminated to staff through a number of staff meetings.
We promote classrooms rich in talk, in which questions are planned, peer conversations are modelled and scaffolded and the teacher skilfully uses talk to develop thinking. From EYFS to Year 6, children are given opportunities to develop Oracy skills and build their confidence in talk for formal and informal situations. There is an emphasis on children being taught both to and through talk.
We have an embedded Oracy curriculum, ensuring all children have an opportunity to engage in a variety of types of talk and practise the skills needed for different Oracy outcomes:
The deliberate, explicit and systematic teaching of Oracy across the school and throughout the curriculum will support our children to make progress in the four strands. Our children will have opportunities to 'Speak like an Expert’, make presentations to small groups, the whole class or whole school, and learn how to speak in different situations such as interviews or broadcasts - deepening and embedding subject knowledge, understanding and reasoning.
A range of purposeful opportunities are used to encourage learning through talk and learning to talk, including:
Oracy activities are planned for across the curriculum, with teachers ensuring their lessons include a wide variety of activities to enable all children to develop their speaking and listening skills.
A set of key objectives (KS1, LKS2 and UKS2) form assessment grids which are used by staff to feed into their planning and allow all learners to make progress as they move through the school.