What is oracy?
- Learning to talk.
- The ability to express oneself fluently and grammatically in speech.
- The use of spoken language.
- The ability to speak well.
Why is oracy important?
- It is the first step in children’s reading and writing development.
- Children need to be able to speak before they can read and write.
- Helps children to understand and use language.
- Increases their confidence and interdependence.
- Helps to build their vocabulary.
- Supports their phonics.
How do we teach oracy in our school?
- Daily oracy lessons focusing on development of key skills.
- Use of ‘my turn your turn’.
- Use of partner and group work.
- Introducing new vocabulary.
- Modelling a range of oracy skills and appropriate talk.
- Using sentence stems.
- Always modelling standard English.
- Embedding oracy into all subjects in the curriculum.
What strategies can you use to support your child’s oracy?
- Speaking in standard English.
- Speaking in full sentences.
- Modelling correct and appropriate talk.
- Reminding them to project their voice and speak clearly.
- Singing songs.
- Reading stories to them.
- Reading their reading book with them every week.
- Using voice recorders.
- Practising the speed sounds.
- Using Makaton signs.