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'Ignite' The Oracy Curriculum

The following short videos are practice run 'throughs' of some of our Year 7 finalists!





The Oracy Curriculum

As part of the Norwood School’s Performing Arts specialism, all students in Year 7 receive one Oracy lesson per week. The purpose of this is to:

  • Develop communication skills

  • Increase confidence

  • Promote positive interaction 

  • Learn about local, national and worldwide issues

  • Support students to shape ideas and form opinions

  • Foster empathy, sensitivity and maturity


Independent Learning Project 1: Ignite

We hit the ground running. From September Year 7 students will begin to write, develop and learn a short speech - as part of a project called Ignite. 


They will then perform this speech in January, to their peers. The speech can be about a subject matter of their choice, but should reflect their interests, passions and/or personality in some way. The speech needs to last between 2 and 3 minutes. Selected students will then be invited to present their speeches in front of a bigger, public audience made up of family, friends, staff and school governors.


In order to develop these speeches, students will be required to complete some tasks at home.

Parents/carers can support students by reading, listening to and watching rehearsals of the speeches.