We are a voice 21 school.
At SMSJ, our aim is to ensure that each child is able to articulate themselves clearly and coherently to a range of audiences. Oracy skills are evident throughout the curriculum and also within the wider curriculum areas such as assemblies, clubs and other extra-curricular events and activities.
In order to ensure that our pupils are given the opportunity to rehearse and practice their Oracy skills, each class delivers an oracy presentation at the end of each term. This presentation is linked to a cross curricular subject, for example Science or History. Pupils are explicitly taught skills such as developing eye contact, developing voice and intonation and the use of body language when speaking to an audience. The presentations are then recorded and assessed by class teachers.
The end of term Oracy presentations are assessed by class teachers. As the year progresses, there should be a visible shift or improvement in ability. Future targets can then be identified to address the following term.
This year will see us further develop our partnership with Voice 21, which is an organisation promoting best practise in oracy. We are endeavouring to achieve the Voice 21 oracy benchmarks by summer 2022.