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What is oracy?

'Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language.' (Voice21)


At Bentley High Street, we recognise the importance of being able to talk well and learn through talk. We promote communication friendly classrooms from Nursery to Year 6 and throughout our curriculum. Teachers model and set high expectations of oracy for our children to allow them to become confident speakers and for a range of purposes. It is important for children to learn the essential speaking and listening skills which will support them across the curriculum we offer at BHSP.



We encourage children to speak with confidence, fluency and clarity whilst recognizing the importance of listening and collaborating with their peers. Teachers implement a range of strategies and activities in their classroom that help support children's oracy development. These include:

  • Kagan collaborative strategies - Rally Robin, Timed Pair Share, Talking Partners, Quiz, Quiz Trade
  • Differentiated sentence stems that allow children to answer in full sentences
  • Debates and presentations
  • Opportunities for table discussions



The impact of teaching oracy to out children will:

  • Increase children's confidence to communicate to others
  • Improves academic outcomes
  • Gives children essential skills for life beyond school


Resources in school

As teachers, we have looked at current research and developed question stems for each year group. Teachers use these throughout their planning and daily interaction with the children. We also have a progression document that clearly identifies what each year group should be covering linked to oracy and the expectations of the children.

Resources for parents

Below are links to some amazing resources for you to use at home to promote oracy and communication. There are a range of games and also questions to ask your children about their day to prompt discussion



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