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Oracy Through Debate - Beginner

Oracy Through Debate - Beginner

Oracy Through Debate – Beginner is a workshop series developed specifically for Years 5-6. With clear links to the national curriculum spoken language requirements, these workshops provide primary children with an excellent foundation in oracy which can be directly translated into classroom activity.

We can tailor workshops to meet your schools requirements or current topic or curriculum areas of focus. Get in touch to discuss more.

Schools can request any of the workshops offered below as a stand-alone session, or combine two or more for a full-day or longer programme of activity leading to a capstone debate day, supporting your pupils to showcase their new skills and put oracy on the map in your school.

Workshop length: workshops last 2.5 hours (but multiple options can be combined to create a full-day programme)

Delivery: ESU oracy experts

Pricing: From £325 for half-day or £900 for a series of three.

Please get in touch to discuss specific requirements

Four primary school pupils (two boys and two girls) are debating.

Workshop 1 - Oracy and Debating

This workshop covers an introduction to what oracy is, why it’s important and how to use debating across the curriculum to encourage all children to use their voice with confidence and effect. 

Capstone Activity: Alley Debate

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Workshop 2 - Preparing for a Debate

This workshop develops the learning covered in Workshop 1, with a recap of (or introduction to) what oracy is, and some more advanced debating games and techniques to encourage children to think critically, listen actively, and share their opinions effectively. This is a great workshop if you are already using oracy in your school, and want to challenge your pupils a little more to expand their skills and higher-level speaking ability. 

Capstone Activity: Town Hall Debate 

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Workshop 3 - A facilitated Mace Debate

This workshop provides a warm up and brief introduction to debating (or skills based development activities, depending on prior learning), before we support students to take part in a mock Mace Debate involving short prep, practice and performance. No advanced preparation needed by the students, but this is an excellent end-of-year capstone, or way to showcase oracy skills within the school. It can also be used as a practise opportunity for debate teams who may be entering formal competitions.

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