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What is oracy?

Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language.

In school, oracy is a powerful tool for learning; by teaching students to become more effective speakers and listeners we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them. It is also a route to social mobility, empowering all students, not just some, to find their voice to succeed in school and life.

At St James' we believe in the importance of oracy and teach it discreetly from reception to Year 6. Oracy outcomes are woven into the curriculum, focussing on progression, to give all children at St James the opportunity to develop these important life skills.

Oracy Policy

Oracy Curriculum Map

Oracy Outcomes 2023/2024


Oracy Display

Dine and Dialogue Autumn 1

Each lunchtime we have a different Dine and Dialogue on the big screen in the hall to promote Oracy. It's great to hear the conversations that go on each day.



As part of our history learning, we presented news reports about why we think that Britain won the Battle of Britain.

Operation Oracy Day


27th January 2023

On Wednesday 27th January we had Operation Oracy Day which was a day full of speaking and listening to help build our confidence.  It was a very fun day which also helped us develop our team working skills.

We had no pens in class so it really did put our oracy skills to the test! We did some drama, some budding reading and some outdoor learning too.  We sat together with different classes at lunchtime.  We felt excited because we could talk to other children in other classes. We played out with different classes which was fun because we could talk to new friends and our siblings.

Thank you for all the enthusiastic oracy skills that we saw when we walked around school on Wednesday afternoon. We awarded certificates for super oracy skills and to those who we thought made the most progress during the day. What a fantastic day!

The Oracy Pupil Voice Group


Miss Bryan, Mrs Malik and Mrs Tindall would like to say a huge thank you to Logan, Charlie, Jaiya, Benjamin, Muhammed-Yusuf, Emily, Esme-Rose, Cody, Mason and Ameya for arranging such an amazing day.  Well done!

Dine & Dialogue 

World Book Day 2022


This year, we focused on building our vocabulary and oracy skills on World Book Day. 

Everyone came to school dressed up as a 'word' and took part in a vocabulary parade.


In each class, a wordle was created to celebrate all the words the class had collected. 


To develop our oracy skills, each class created a performance using their words. There were songs, raps, stories and drama! In the afternoon, we watched everyone's performances and voted for our favourites. The winner was Year 6 and the runner up was Year 2! Watch their performances below! 


The PTFA also arranged a pre-loved book sale in the hall. Lots of children brought home some lovely books and we raised lots of money! Thank you, PTFA!

Class Wordles

Year 5 2021/2022