‘Reading and writing float on a sea of talk.’ - James Britton, 1970
Speaking and listening are important skills that enable children to understand and engage with the world around them. Oracy (the ability to use the oral skills of speaking and listening) is necessary across the curriculum, but plays an important role in literacy, improving reading, writing and even spelling. At Wiggonby, we develop children’s oracy skills by giving children opportunities to speak confidently in a range of situations, from taking turns and sharing news in the Early Years, reciting a poem, taking part in classroom drama sessions, reading aloud in a School Worship or performing in a play. We aim to model standard English, a broad vocabulary and also different ways of constructing sentences.
We use repetitive stories and poems, actions, dictation, techniques from Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ and drama ideas from The Royal Shakespeare company to develop language skills and early writing.
Children in need of speech and language intervention are quickly identified and supported.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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