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At Tower Road Academy, oracy plays a prominent role in teaching and learning. The ability to listen actively, speak clearly and communicate articulately is seen as a fundamental part of the learning process. Critically, oracy underpins the development of reading and writing, and supports progress in all subjects.  


We believe that developing oracy provides our pupils with vital life skills. We aim to encourage fluent speakers, who are confident to communicate, debate and present in a wide range of situations.  


Oracy is embedded throughout our broad and balanced curriculum.  Lessons are talk-rich, and questions are carefully planned to ensure all children can fully participate. Pupils participate in a wide range of oracy activities which help them to develop confidence in spoken language, within the curriculum, in extra-curricular activities and playtimes.


Some examples are:  

  • Partner talk  

  • Group discussion  

  • Collaborative work and problem solving  

  • Debate  

  • Role play  

  • Drama  

  • Presentations  


There are opportunities for pupils to develop their oracy skills outside of the curriculum, through pupil voice groups, the School Parliament, year group productions, assemblies, and participation in local events.