Oracy (Speaking and Listening) at Manor Wood
Oracy is a huge part of everything we do here from their very first days. In Early Years, children are given a voice and learn the impact of communication. Children are listened to and conversation is encouraged, supported and celebrated every day. Children are facilitated to develop their own projects - from Refugee Welcome demonstrations in Leeds City Centre with recorded voice sharing their own words to the public, to creating and performing their own plays to parents.
These strong foundations are built on as children progress throughout their time at this school as children's Oracy is developed. As well as performing plays, poetry and producing assemblies, children have specific Oracy focus in Literacy lessons, learning how to project their voice, how to speak effectively, how to discuss and debate and maintain conversation. We have a half termly "Big Talk" focus where children discuss key questions. This begins with a Big Talk assembly and the discussion points and questions are then shared with Parents and Carers so that everyone can get involved! We share quotes from our discussions on Twitter and in school on our Big Talk displays.
Every child is empowered to be a good communicator and everyone here has a voice.