Oracy at Sea View
The purpose of Oracy
The national curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing. Teachers should therefore ensure the continual development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills. Pupils should develop a capacity to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare their ideas before they write. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as to others, and teachers should ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions. Pupils should also be taught to understand and use the conventions for discussion and debate.
All pupils should be enabled to participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. Pupils should be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role. They should have opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.
Role Play and Imaginative Play
In Reception, our role play area provides us with lots of opportunities to engage in imaginative play, including imaginative language. We can use our own experiences to enhance our use of language and then build greater vocabulary through new role play situations.
What’s in the box?
Today a special parcel arrived at our classroom. We shared our ideas about what might be inside, and what we would like to find inside!
We love using the puppets in our imaginative play! We used the puppets to retell our favourite stories to our friends!
While reading our story Wild by Emily Hughes we came across a big question - should the little girl be allowed to live in the woods? She has lived in the woods all her life and grown up with the animals as her family but should she learn to live as a human in the town where there are adults to look after her?
We used our debating skills to convince our classmates to come to the yes, no and maybe table - which would you choose?
We thought YES she should be allowed to live in the wild.
We thought MAYBE she should be allowed to live in the wild but MAYBE she should stay in the town.
We thought NO she should not be allowed to live in the wild.
News Report on the Great Fire of London:
We loved learning about the Great Fire of London and even took the role as journalists in our own broadcast following the deadly events as they unfolded in 1666.
We wrote and edited our own news reports and then performed in our very impressive Sea View News Room. Take a look...
Developing our English skills
Within our quality text (Robin Hood) this term, parts of the story are told through speech bubbles. We learned how to change the speech bubbles into direct speech using the correct punctuation. To do this, we practiced the skill first by working with our partners to say what we thought the characters in a set of photographs were saying to each other and then converting that speech into written direct speech.
In year 4 we love performing and in our first class book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane we wrote speeches. These were persuasive speeches to entice passers by to come and watch Edward's show.
Last Transmission Home.
After commanding a failed mission to Mars we found ourselves stranded on the Red Planet. With vital supplies running low we are now left with no other choice but to send a last transmission home in the hope that someone will rescue us. After studying examples of speeches, we drafted and wrote our own. We then used a green screen to perform our last transmissions home.
We took part in Hot Seating, where one person took on the Role of Macbeth answering questions on the witches’ prophecies as well as his thoughts and feelings based on this.