The Catholic School of St Gregory The Great Believe and Achieve

Oracy Curriculum


Vision Statement:

At St Gregory's, we are inclusive and recognise that everyone has their own unique God-given talents. Our curriculum is progressive and builds on prior knowledge, understanding and skills so that we develop our whole school community academically, spiritually, emotionally, morally and socially. This enables our children to develop cultural capital and become righteous citizens who give to society. We provide creative and engaging opportunities that inspire and motivate our children to become lifelong learners and have aspirations to be the very best they can be.



In Oracy, we aim for all of our children to see themselves as Orators. We endeavour to inspire a sense of curiosity in our children and develop their enthusiasm for Oracy, recognising that the skills and knowledge they learn through Oracy can be used to have a positive impact on God’s world around them. To be able to be an Orator, children will need to build up the skills, knowledge and understanding of Oracy.  They will need to understand and use the language of Oracy and apply these speaking and listening skills and knowledge across the curriculum, making connections both within Oracy and across other subjects too.

To be an Orator, children need to hear and use a variety of language in order to develop their vocabulary, grammar and understanding. This will support their development in reading and writing. Children will have opportunities to develop their confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills. Children will be able to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and will have the opportunities to prepare their ideas before they write. They will be able to make their thinking clear to themselves and others, and they will be able to discuss and debate to address and remedy their misconceptions. Children will participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with drama. Children will be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role. They will have opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences. They will be able to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama performances. 



Oracy Statement of Implementation:

The aims of the National Curriculum (2014) for Oracy (spoken language) are to:

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers 
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge 
  • use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary 
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments 
  • use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas 
  • speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English 
  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates 
  • gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
  • consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others 
  • select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.