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At Horfield this year we are focusing on the development of Oracy skills for all of our children. Oracy skills are so important because they underpin all areas of learning and life. Oracy is about far more than speaking and listening alone and so we are incorporating regular practice of these essential life skills into our teaching.

There are so many benefits for children. The better our learners are at speaking, the better their written work will be. The firmer their grip on the facts, the more convincing their arguments. And, ultimately, the more they are challenged and asked to think for themselves, the more rewarding their learning will be.

Oracy is a skill for life, because it helps people to make the best of the opportunities they have. Employers want people who can listen, work collaboratively and work well in teams. We hope that by explicitly teaching the physical, linguistic, cognitive and social and emotional skills needed for good Oracy, we will help children to reach their full potential as confident contributors in daily life. 

Our Monday Assemblies are an opportunity for teachers to celebrate the achievements of children across the school who have shown excellent Oracy skills in the classroom by awarding an Early Years, KS1 and KS2 Oracy Oscar.

Ms Fletcher’s Lunchtime Debating Club offers KS2 pupils regular opportunities to discuss and debate current moral and ethical issues in a considered way and is greatly valued by pupils. Children develop the ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.